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Frank Bridge

British composer and pacifist Frank Bridge was born in Brighton, England, on February 26, 1879.  Bridge began his musical education at the age of six, with his father as his first violin teacher.  In his early teens, he took an active role in his father’s theatre orchestra as both violinist and arranger.  His formal education was taken at the Royal College of Music where he studied violin and composition, graduating in 1904.  After graduation, Bridge was awarded the Foundation Scholarship, which allowed him the luxury of studying composition for four years with influential teacher and conductor Charles Villiers Stanford.