A very British composer!
I have to confess I'd never heard of him until, twenty years ago, a work colleague brought in a cassette of a BBC broadcast and played it, very loudly, in the shop in St Peter's Street where we worked at the time.
It was Bridge's "The Sea", and I was immediately smitten
Bridge was, as pomme homme kindly mentioned, born in Brighton, and helped his father out with the orchestra he ran, gaining much musical knowhow in the process.
He was more a players' composer than anything else, and his relative lack of popular, commercial success forced him to become a professional musician(viola) and conductor in order to make ends meet. His rather irascible nature, and acerbic comments on some of his contemporaries, and the BBC, did not endear him to those with influence, and undoubtedly contributed to the Corporation passing him over for the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Adrian Boult got the job instead.
Later in life he was financially supported by a wealthy American heiress and started, gradually, to experiment with different musical forms before his sudden death in 1941 in Eastbourne.
Bridge was also well-known as composition tutor to the young Benjamin Britten, who later paid tribute to his mentor with 'Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge', which is probably better known than Bridge's own music!
My favourite pieces of Bridge's are 'The Sea', 'Dance Rhapsody' and his last major work, 'Rhebus'. Every Christmas I also play a 20-year old off-the-radio recording of his one and only opera, 'The Christmas Rose', which has never been commercially recorded.
Frank Bridge, (1879 - 1941)