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date: 20 January 2020

Bridge, Franklocked

  • Anthony Payne,
  • Paul Hindmarsh
  •  and Lewis Foreman


(b Brighton, Feb 26, 1879; d Eastbourne, Jan 10, 1941). English composer, violist and conductor. He studied the violin and composition at the RCM, where a scholarship won in 1899 enabled him to work under Stanford for four years. He quickly made a professional reputation as an outstanding conductor and chamber music player. In 1906 he took the place of the indisposed violist Wirth in the Joachim Quartet, and later joined the English String Quartet, of which he was a member until 1915. During this period he also undertook many important conducting engagements, presiding over repertory rehearsals for the newly founded New SO, conducting opera at the Savoy Theatre (1910–11) and at Covent Garden (1913), and appearing with such major orchestras as the LSO. Bridge’s musicianship made it possible for him to take on the most difficult programmes at short notice, and Henry Wood called on him for Promenade Concerts when he himself was incapacitated. In ...

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