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Bridgetower, Brighton and the Prince of Wales

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  Saloon at the Marine Pavilion, Brighton (1790)
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The Prince Regent is best remembered for his turbulent private life and his political conflicts, but he was also central to the arts in his time. The finest musicians of the time had his support, and many artists came from all over Europe drawn by an atmosphere in which the arts flourished. His much-lampooned Marine Pavilion at Brighton remains a sparkling monument to 18th-century creativity and style.

The violinist and composer Viotti, who found his way to London at the same time as Bridgetower, was the son of a blacksmith in Piedmont and reckoned to be the greatest classical player of his day as well as the greatest innovator. Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) was a composer, son of Charles and nephew of John Wesley, who spent most of his career fighting for improvements in church music. These were among the individuals within the Prince of Wales' circle who now became young Bridgetower's friends and mentors, and he was equally capable of earning his living on the professional circuit. In the Musical Directory for 1794 his name and performances get a straightforward listing - 'Bridgetower, George, Violin'. As a member of the Prince's band he had to divide his activities between the Pavilion in Brighton and Carlton House in London, and his work and friendships at this point clearly established the foundations for his future role in the development of professional musicianship.

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