The End ... and a Beginning: 98
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Title graphic: Frank Bridge: A Life in Brief
The End ... and a Beginning: 99

On 12 March, the BBC, at the suggestion of Wood,9 devoted a programme to Bridge's orchestral works, which, as it turned out, Ethel and Marjorie Fass (who had moved into 'Friston Field' to comfort Ethel) nearly missed:

Wednesday's concert on the BBC of Frank's works was a great strain for Ethel, and during the day one wondered how it would be bearable. But at night, by some freakish imp of mischief that Frank would have laughed at, nearly all our radio sets wouldn't function, because of the raids, I suppose, and we had to fall back on an old battery set of mine, and so we lost the first announcement, and it was so difficult to hear that in a way it took the strain off a bit. Henry Wood played the String Suite beautifully, but Rebus was difficult to hear, and we long to hear it again, but the Sea came through all right, or else knowing every note of it, it didn't matter so much. So this has been a difficult time - but now this week is over, I think Ethel will be able to face things better - poor little lost love ...

And last Friday, on a glorious windswept day, just such as Frank loved, his ashes were brought from Brighton and put in a lovely spot in Friston churchyard, all sunny and lovely, and overlooking the sweet valley to East Dean, just under the East end of that dear little Church which seems immemorial, since it has traces of Saxon days in it, and somehow it gave a sense of security and peace to have him back there in his earth.10

Another tribute to Bridge's memory was the formation by Hiawatha Coleridge-Taylor of a Frank Bridge Society in Brighton. The society's aim was to establish concerts of chamber music at the Brighton Art Gallery as a permanent memorial to Bridge, and, in all, fourteen concerts were given. Many of the performers had been friends of Bridge, and usually at least one work of his was included in each concert. However, by the spring of 1942 the series came to an end, due to the events of the war.

9 It was due to Wood that Phantasm was printed, published by Augener in 1941.
10 Letter, Marjorie Fass to Hiawatha Coleridge-Taylor, 16 March 1941.