CHRISTOPHER RAWDON BRIGGS

Entry in Groves Dictionary of Music and Misicians, 5th ed., 1954.


BRIGGS, Rawdon (Christopher) (b. Wakefield, 1869; d. Manchester, 20 Dec. 1948).

English violinist. As a boy he travelled a good deal and acquired the elements of a musical education at Geneva and Florence. Serious study begun in 1882, when he was accepted as a pupil by Edmund Singer at Stuttgart. In 1897 (misprint for 1887? JS) he entered the Berlin High School for Music, where he studied at first under de Ahna and later under Joachim. He returned to England in 1891 and in the following year was appointed professor of the violin at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He joined the Hallé Orchestra shortly after and became its leader in 1904. He also led the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (1905) and was for many years second violin of the Brodsky Quartet. His own Quartet was well known in the north of England and was also heard in London. All these activities left little time for solo playing, but whenever Briggs appeared as soloist he invariably won the applause of his listeners by a style which was at once warm and of impeccable purity. He became deaf about 1920.         F.B.