Tony Bridgewater was a student at the Birmingham School of Music and St John’s College, Cambridge, studying composition with Peter Tranchell and piano with Malcolm Wilson and Renee Reznek. He has also participated in piano workshops with Margaret Fingerhut, David Owen Norris and James Lisney, and conducting workshops with Rodney Winther, formerly of Cincinatti University.
He gives regular recitals as an accompanist to local musicians, especially the violinist Anna Downes in the Himley Duo, and appears frequently in the 'Local and Live' concert series in Stourbridge. In September 2016 he was also appointed Principal Accompanist for the Kidderminster Male Choir.
He has composed music for Orchestra, Concertband and Choir, and sonatas for piano, violin, trumpet and cello. He gave the first performance of his Second Piano Concerto in February 2010, and conducted the premiere of his Double Concerto for Flute and Clarinet in February 2013. In November 2015, the pianist Margaret Fingerhut gave the first performance of his Concert Piece for piano and orchestra , and in July 2016 Anna Downes gave the first performances of his second violin sonata. In March 2017 he conducted the premiere of his latest composition, a fifteen minute tone poem for orchestra ‘The Legend of the Tamar’.
His music for brass and wind instruments is published by Forton Music, including his Sonata for Flutes, first performed in 2015 by the National Flute Orchestra, his double Concerto for Flute and Clarinet and his Trumpet Sonata.
In 2014 he was elected a trustee of the Birmingham Conservatoire Association, and he also serves on the newly formed Conservatoire Development Council, supporting the building and development of the new Conservatoire now being built at Millenium Point.
He has conducted student groups on many tours to Europe and America, and performed in venues such as Barcelona Cathedral, Montserrat Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral and St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice. He has now left teaching to be a freelance musician. See more about Tony's conducting experience here
His other interests include classic cars, art, gardening, films, photography and family life with his wife Veronica and their two children.