Bridge Memorial Library

Scope and Content

This is the historical library of Trinity College of Music and consists of over 1,000 volumes, mainly of printed music. It contains many important 18th century editions such as Lully's Roland (1711), a number of John Walsh's early Handel editions, collections of late 18th century English catches and glees, and several rare French opera scores.

Other highlights include the 19th century library of Jullien's 'Royal Conservatory of Music', publications of the Musical Antiquarian Society, and the library of the National Federation of Music Societies which previously belonged to Alan Kirby, founder of the Croydon Philharmonic choir.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1924 the collection was renamed in memory of Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924), the first Chairman of Trinity's Board of Governors.

Access Information

By appointment: please contact us to arrange an appointment before visiting. This enables us to save you time by having materials ready for you when you arrive. External users wishing to see rare materials will be asked to provide proof of identity.

Contact the Head Librarian, Claire Kidwell

Other Finding Aids

Search for items in the Bridge collection via catalogue: Jerwood Library Search (location = 'Bridge collection').