Thomas Swarbrick

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Organ case in St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham by Thomas Swarbrick of 1715 Organ in St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.jpg
Organ case in St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham by Thomas Swarbrick of 1715

Thomas Swarbrick (c. 1675 c. 1753) (sometime Schwarbrook) was an organ builder active in England in the eighteenth century. [1]

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History

He learned his trade as an apprentice to the famous builder Renatus Harris. He appears to be working on his own by 1706 when he rebuilt an organ in St Alphege’s Church, Greenwich. [2]

Renatus Harris was a master organ maker in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

His most famous organ is that in St Michael’s Church, Coventry of 1733. [3]

His nephew, Henry Swarbrick, was organist of Hereford Cathedral from 1720 to 1754.

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St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church in London

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References

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  2. The Organ: An Encyclopedia. Douglas Earl Bush, Richard Kassel. Psychology Press, 2006
  3. The Organ. Hopkins and Rimbault. 1855
  4. A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England: William Sweetland of Bath. Gordon D. W. Curtis, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011
  5. A History of Lincoln Minster, Dorothy Owen, CUP Archive, 1994
  6. The Lives and Works of William and Philip Hayes, Simon Heighes. Taylor & Francis, 1995