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By Gordon D.W. Curtis

William Sweetland was once a bathtub organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 within which time he outfitted approximately three hundred organs, ordinarily for church buildings and chapels in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire but additionally for destinations scattered south of a line from the Wirral to the Wash. Gordon Curtis locations this paintings of a provincial organ builder within the wider context of English musical lifestyles within the latter half the 19th century. An introductory bankruptcy experiences the provincial musical scene and units the organ within the context of spiritual worship, public live shows and household song making. This publication relates the biographical info of Sweetland's relations and enterprise heritage utilizing fabric received from public and relations documents. Curtis surveys Sweetland's organ development paintings quite often and a few of his most crucial organs intimately, with patents and different innovations explored. The musical repertoire of the provinces, really with reference to organ recitals, is mentioned, in addition to noting Sweetland's associates, different organ developers, architects and artists. the second one a part of the publication contains a Gazeteer of all identified organs by way of Sweetland prepared by means of counties. each one access incorporates a brief historical past of the software and its current situation. considering there's no definitive released record of his paintings and as the entire place of work files have been misplaced in a fireplace a long time in the past this can be the closest method of a finished record for this builder.

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O. directory (1896, p. 620; 1897, p. 639; 1898, p. 657; 1899, p. 672; 1900, p. 690)m Biography 25 Year Address Other residents Source 1901 4 Cleveland Pl. W. Isabella Allwright (boarder, own income) Edith A. Allwright (singer & timpanist) Census (RG 13/2341 fol. 84, p. 29)q; P. O. directory (p. 700)m 1902 4 Cleveland Pl. W. A. Allwright (tympanist & vocalist) P. O. directory (p. 712)m 1903 4 Cleveland Pl. A. Allwright (tympanist & vocalist) P. O. directory (p. 731)m 1904 4 Cleveland Pl. W. Miss Edith Le Moir (tympanist & vocalist) P.

31 28 29 30 31 26 27 Caledonian Mercury, [no vol. number] (19911), p. 3b. 16 August 1849. The Hull Packet and East Riding Times, [no vol. number] (3370), p. 8c. 27 July 1849. Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, 87 (4367), p. 4d. 16 August 1849. The Era, 12 (575), p. 10d. 30 September 1849. Bath and Cheltenham Gazette, 39 (1922), p. 2f. 5 September 1849. Bath and Cheltenham Gazette, 39 (1933), p. 2f. 21 November 1849. Introduction 11 The success of these entrepreneur-led orchestras gave rise, in the 1850s, to several new concert orchestras formed along the same lines but without the informality of the likes of Jullien’s concerts.

Standard, 3 (62), 229. 14 January 1865. 42 A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England 16 the amusement of the careless worshipper and the grievous distress of the devout and reverent’. Many of today’s worshippers, the wheel having come full circle, will echo his sentiments. By the middle of the century nonconformist chapels were coming to realize the benefit which an organ could have in supporting the singing. At first the use of such instruments was frowned upon as smacking too much of Anglican practice, and the Methodist Conference in 1789 had gone so far as to prohibit their use in any chapel until proposed in Conference which, as late as 1808, refused to sanction the erection of organs and demanded that, where already in situ, they should not overpower the congregational singing.

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