However, to compensate for this lack of what one can call primary material, I have had the pleasure of drawing on the advice and expertise of many people who have responded with enthusiasm and kindness to my interest in Bridge, and to them I am most grateful. My thanks therefore extend to: the librarians at Bournemouth, Brighton and Eastbourne public libraries and the Sussex County Library; Dereck Williams and Hugh Taylor at the University Library, Cambridge; Michael Anderson at the Reid Music Library, Edinburgh; the County Archivist of Hereford and Worcester; Dr Watkins Shaw, Joan Littlejohn and Celia Clarke at the Royal College of Music, London; the staff of the British Institute of Recorded Sound, London; and Wayne Shirley at the Library of Congress, Washington, USA. These have all proved invaluable with their help. My thanks also extend to the Trustees of the Elgar Birthplace Trust and those of the Frank Bridge Trust for permission to use material. In addition, the Frank Bridge Trust contributed a grant towards the preparation of this text, as did The Open University.
Many individuals (some of them, alas, now dead) also offered kind assistance in tracing material and suggesting ideas, including Sir Thomas Armstrong, Anthony Burns-Cox, Oliver Davies, Agnes Dodds, Agnes Eileen Dodds, Lewis Foreman, W P Goodchild, Gordon Jacob, Norah Kirby, John Longmire, Elisabeth Lutyens, Jane Manning, Nathalie McClance, Donald Mitchell, Oliver Neighbour, Roger Nichols, Arbie Orenstein, Robert Orledge, Anthony Payne, the Hon Beatrice Speyer, Mrs L Tertis, Harold Truscott, Michael Whitley and an anonymous well-wisher.
Others who gladly sacrificed their time to contribute their reminiscences were John Alston, Elizabeth Bridge, Antonio and Peggy Brosa, Alan Bush, Joan Cross, Hiawatha Coleridge-Taylor, Howard Ferguson, Veronica Gotch, Florence Hooton, Helen Just, Remo Lauricella, Peggy Logan, Robert Morley, Daphne Oliver, Evelyn Pember, Bernard Richards and Joan Vernon. To all of these I am most deeply indebted.