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Bramwell Tovey, OM (born 11 July 1953) is an English-born Grammy Award winning conductor and composer. His musical roots are in The Salvation Army. He was educated at Ilford County High School, the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London. His formal music education was as a pianist and composer. Whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music, he also became a tuba player, studying with John Fletcher. After a stint conducting the Royal Ballet, Tovey conducted the first season of the revived D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1988. Between 1989 and 2001, Tovey was the music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He was instrumental in establishing the city's annual New Music Festival, which began in 1992. He has been the music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since September 2000. In December 2004, his initial contract was renewed through 2010. In Europe, he was music director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002 to 2006. In January 2010, his Vancouver contract was further extended through 2015. In December 2009, Tovey and the VSO rejected an invitation to play at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver, after the Vancouver Organizing Committee requested that the orchestra pre-record music that other musicians and a different conductor would mime to at the televised event. Tovey remarked that the plan was "dishonest" and "fraudulent." Tovey has also become known as a composer. His compositions include a Cello Concerto (premiered in Winnipeg in January 2001), and a work for a large choir and brass band, 'Requiem for a Charred Skull', which in 2003 was awarded a Juno for Classical Composition of the Year. Tovey also composed the film score, recorded by the VSO, for Richard Bell's film Eighteen. He was nominated for a Genie Award (Canada's Academy Award), in tandem with Bell, for a song in the film called "In a Heartbeat", which was performed by Thea Gill. On commission from the 2005 British Open Brass Band Championship, Tovey composed 'The Night to Sing' as the test piece, inspired by the celebrations of VE Day, 1945. In 2007, Calgary Opera commissioned a new opera from Tovey, currently titled The Inventor. Tovey with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2009Tovey has conducted the "Summertime Classics" series of concerts with the New York Philharmonic since the inception of the series in the summer of 2004, after his 2001 subscription debut with the orchestra. Tovey was appointed Artistic Director of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and conducted his first course in April 2006. He has a long-standing affiliation with the Fodens Brass Band and conducted a CD of his compositions with the Foden's Band, released in May 2009.In March 2008, Tovey was named the next principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Hollywood Bowl summer concerts. Tovey has been involved with a numerous television and radio programs related to music. He has been the recipient of three honorary doctorates - Winnipeg (1994), Manitoba (1999) and Kwantlen University College (2004). He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (2006) and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England (2006). He and his wife Lana have three children. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.