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Arrival in England and debut in Bath

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A few months after the Paris début, the Bridgetowers, father and son, turn up next in Windsor, performing for their Majesties, and Bridgetower Senior "seemed to win the good opinion of every one, and was courted by all". Complete with the stamp of Royal approval, young Bridgetower arrived in Bath in November and took the city by storm. King George III and 550 guests attended his first concert at the Assembly Rooms in December.

The local newspapers were fulsome in their praise, but the Bridegtowers' success seems to have been partly attributable to Bridgetower Senior's genius in public relations. Before and after the performance he strolled along the promenade with his son dressed in 'Turkish' costume, attracting the maximum attention. Afterwards he issued a lofty letter of appreciation addressed to the "Nobility, and Gentry, Visitors and of that wonderful City - Bath". His skills were clearly appreciated, and not only in terms of ticket sales. The Bath Journal notes that: "The greatest attention and respect was paid by the nobility and gentry to his elegant Father, who is one of the most accomplished men in Europe, conversing with fluency and charming address in several languages.”

Within the same month young Bridgetower sold out two more concerts in Bristol, on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

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