Bliss, Sir Arthur (1891-1975). English composer. An early provocative period with witty, sophisticated pieces such as Conversations and Rout related to post-First World War developments in Paris, followed by a retreat into late Romanticism.
Borwick, Leonard (1868-1925). English pianist, pupil of Clara Schumann. Performances of Chopin and Schumann outstanding. Played in chamber music with the Joachim String Quartet.
Boughton, Rutland (1878-1960). English composer, pupil of Stanford, composing the greatest British operatic success of its time (in terms of number of performances) with The Immortal Hour.
Boult, Sir Adrian (1889-1983). English conductor. Despite a distinguished pedigree of conducting opera and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and also the first performance of Holst's The Planets, Bridge was highly critical of Boult's abilities and envious of his appointment as conductor of the newly-formed BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1930.
Boys, Henry (1910-92). Friend of Britten, who was captivated by his intelligence and knowledge, as was Bridge. Shared and stimulated Britten's enthusiasm for Mahler and Berg.
Brian, Havergal (1876-1972). English composer, mainly self-taught, for many years a close friend of Bantock. Composed 32 symphonies, none of which was performed until he was 78, and five operas, none of which was performed until the year before his death.
Britten, Benjamin (Lord Britten of Aldeburgh) (1913-76). Together with Tippett, the most distinguished English composer of his generation. Also pianist and conductor. Pupil, friend and 'quasi-adopted son' of Bridge.
Brosa, Antonio (1894-1979). Spanish violinist. Founded Brosa String Quartet in 1924 and took part in the première of Britten's Violin Concerto as well as works by Bridge, who admired his playing. Bridge met Brosa at the ISCM Festival at Siena in 1928.
Bush, Alan (1900-95). English composer and pianist, pupil of Frederick Corder at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His early string quartet, Dialectic, displays a taut, dissonant, bracing contrapuntal style that would have been sympathetic to Bridge.
Casals, Pablo (1876-1973). Catalan cellist, conductor, pianist and composer. Casal's international reputation was already well-established by 1914.