Setback for cancer-struggle maestro

The Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie, who made his comeback this year after an 18-month cancer ordeal, has cancelled the London leg of his return.

The Barbican has posted:

Unfortunately Bernard Labadie has had to withdraw from this concert [March 24] for health reasons. The concert will now be directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk.

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  • To reassure everyone: cancer is NOT back. I’m just experiencing the ups and downs of a long recovery and the joys of a weak immune system, which is perfectly normal after fighting the kind of cancer I faced (T-cell lymphoma). Among other temporary health issues, flying is still very difficult as I tend to catch every bug around (and everybody knows there is a lot of them on a plane…), which led to the decision not to travel overseas for a while. I am still conducting at home and will be back on the international stage very soon. Meanwhile I send my very best wishes to the wonderful musicians and staff of the Academy of Ancient Music for the concerts in late March.

  • Hoping for the best going forward for Bernard Labadie in the challenging health concern he has undertaken. Memorable concerts in Toronto.

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