December 5, 1844, Oldbury, Worcestershire, England.

March 18, 1924, London, England.

Wallakirk Graveyard, Haugh of Glass, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


From a musical family, Bridge was a chorister as a boy. He went on to serve as organist at Rochester Cathedral; Manchester Cathedral (1869–75); and 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 was conductor of 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.

  1. Child Divine
  2. Conquest
  3. God Made Me
  4. Old 23rd
  5. Olney (Gounod)
  6. St. Beatrice