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Death of Dr Anthony Hedges

Renowned Beverley composer Dr Anthony Hedges, who was responsible for numerous orchestral works, opera, chamber music and solo instrumental works, has died at the age of 88.

Dr Hedges was born in Bicester, studied music at Keble College, Oxford, and had lived in the town, with his wife Joy, for 55 years.

Among his most famous works was “Bridge for the Living”, written for the opening of the Humber Bridge with the music providing a setting for Philip Larkin’s poem “A Living Bridge”.

It was commissioned in 1975 and written that year in the confident expectation that the Humber Bridge would be completed shortly. In fact, when the work finally received its premiere in April 1981 the official opening of the bridge was still some three months away.