Rhode Island Philharmonic’s Tovey diagnosed with cancer; full recovery expected

Posted on: June 24, 2019

“Recently diagnosed with cancer, Bramwell Tovey, the artistic advisor and conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, speaks about it in a matter-of-fact tone,” writes Kevin Andrade in  Friday’s (6/21) Providence Journal (R.I.). “ ‘I am very lucky that the tumor they found has not spread,’ [said] Tovey, 65, … from Vancouver, where he is seeking treatment at the British Columbia Cancer Institute…. It all started 18 days ago when he was traveling to Canada … ‘when I thought things weren’t quite right,’ he said, prompting him to visit a walk-in clinic where they found a lump in his chest…. Tovey said the tumor was in an accessible location and that doctors expect him to make a complete recovery…. He is set to return to conduct the orchestra for its first performance of the year on Sept. 27….Tovey was named to lead the Rhode Island Philharmonic in September after the orchestra had conducted a year-long search for a successor to longtime conductor Larry Rachleff. The British-born Tovey was previously music director of the Vancouver Symphony for 18 years. He is also principal conductor of England’s BBC Concert Orchestra and is a music professor and director of orchestral activities at Boston University.”

Posted June 24, 2019