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Earning a Living: 19

Further works by Bridge were included in the second Patron's Fund concert, held on 6 December 1904. Three of his songs - Night Lies on the Silent Highways, A Dead Violet and A Dirge - were performed by Aubrey Millward, but again, the choice of items was criticised. Writing in the Royal College of Music Magazine, an anonymous 'Old Scholar' commented:

many of us would like to know why he [Bridge] should have been represented by three songs of a dirge-like character in succession, when it is an open secret that he submitted others which were in a less depressing vein. We can only feel sorry for him, since, through no fault of his own, he has been an easy victim to those critics who have found one of their chief opportunities for saying unkind things.18

Together with performances in 1909 and 1911, Bridge gained more exposure than any of his contemporaries from the early years of the scheme.

The period following Bridge's student apprenticeship was one of the busiest in his life. Having already established himself as one of the most distinguished students of his time at the College, it was not long before his subsequent achievements were being discussed by the London musical world at large. He was lucky that publicity was forthcoming not only from his successes at the Cobbett competitions and concerts sponsored by the Patron's Fund but also through his various performing activities. By the outbreak of the First World War he had conducted at the major concert halls in London - the St James's Hall, the Queen's Hall and at Covent Garden - and as a chamber music player he had performed frequently at the Aeolian, Bechstein and Steinway Halls. There were few months during this period when Bridge did not make a public appearance in London.

18 Royal College of Music Magazine, Vol 1, No 1, 1904, p 21.