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Title graphic: Frank Bridge: A Life in Brief
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As a notable figure in English musical life, Bridge was sometimes willing to attend social functions where visiting foreign musicians were welcomed to England. On 18 June 1920, he was present at a reception given by the Music Club for Walter Damrosch, conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, which was on tour in England. Bridge was subsequently to meet Damrosch again on his first visit to America a few years later, when Bridge conducted the New York Symphony Orchestra in a performance of his Two Poems. Rachmaninov was also a guest of the Music Club (on 17 May 1922), and at a special concert arranged on his behalf, in which at his request, only music by living British composers was performed, Bridge's Two Old English Songs were played by the Philharmonic Quartet.

Another social occasion that Bridge attended was a dinner and presentation to the critic Edwin Evans held at Pagani's restaurant in London's West End on 21 January 1923. Evans was tireless in his efforts to promote modern music, especially British music, and the presentation to him of a portrait of himself by Wyndham Lewis was a token of the high esteem of those gathered together at the dinner. The array of musical talent was impressive. Not only were most of the forward-looking British composers of the time there but also Casella, de Falla, Malipiero, Ravel, Florent Schmitt and Stravinsky. Evans held Bridge's music in high regard. He had included an article on him as the first of a series he wrote for the Musical Times in 1919 called 'The Modern British Composer'. Subsequently, he was to contribute the article on Bridge in Cobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music and in the third and fifth editions of Grove's Dictionary, and also to supply an informative obituary in the Music Review.