Specifications of organs, compiled by Herbert Thompson

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      GB 206 MS 87
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      1 vol. (48 pp.) in 1 envelope 30 pages are blank. Paged in ink, 1-15. List of contents on unnumbered leaf at the beginning. Paper cover, with title in manuscript on a label. Three press cuttings inserted.

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Contains specifications of organs in the following places: Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge; Chapel of King's College, Cambridge; Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge; Temple Church, London; Durham Cathedral, in 1876; All Saints' Church, Scarborough, 29 Sept. 1877

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Thompson was born at Hunslet, Leeds, on 11th August 1856. He was educated privately, partly at Wiesbaden in Germany, and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1878 and later took the degree of LL.M. in 1881. After a career in law his deep interest in music drew him back to Leeds to accept the offer of a position with the Yorkshire Post as music and art critic in 1886. In 1897 he married Edith Mary Sparks, daughter of the honorary secretary of the Leeds Musical Festival. He also became the Yorkshire correspondent of the Musical Times. His writings included a study of Wagner in 1927 and contributions to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by the University of Leeds in 1924, and retired from the Yorkshire Post in 1936. He died on 6 May 1945

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The gift of Herbert Thompson, 1938


In English

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See also MSS 78, 79, 80, 164, and 361