1844–1924

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 5, 1844, Old­bury, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Died: March 18, 1924, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: Wall­a­kirk Grave­yard, Haugh of Glass, Ab­erdeen­shire, Scot­land.

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Biography

From a mu­sic­al fam­ily, Bridge was a cho­ris­ter as a boy.

He lat­er played the or­gan at Ro­ches­ter Ca­thed­ral; Man­ches­ter Ca­thed­ral (1869–75); and was de­pu­ty or­gan­ist at West­min­ster Ab­bey (1875–82).

At West­min­ster Ab­bey, Bridg­es or­gan­ized the mu­sic for sev­er­al state oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing two cor­o­na­tions. He was knight­ed in 1897.

As a teach­er and lec­tur­er, Bridge held posts at the Roy­al Col­lege of Mu­sic; Gresh­am Col­lege; Ow­ens Col­lege, Man­ches­ter (Pro­fess­or of Har­mo­ny, 1872–75); and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Lon­don.

His stu­dents in­clud­ed composers Ar­thur Ben­ja­min and No­el Gay, organists Ed­ward Bair­stow and Her­bert Brew­er, con­duc­tor Lan­don Ron­ald, and ear­ly mu­sic pi­o­neer Ar­nold Dol­metsch.

His pub­lic lec­tures at Gresh­am Col­lege co­vered a wide range of sub­jects and mu­sic­al per­i­ods, and at­tract­ed large au­di­enc­es.

For 25 years, Bridge con­duct­ed the Roy­al Cho­ral So­ci­e­ty, with whom he per­formed ma­ny new works, in­clud­ing some of his own com­po­si­tions, and works by com­pos­ers El­gar, Vaugh­an Will­iams and Par­ry.

Sources

Music