William Thomas Freemantle

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Professor William Thomas Freemantle (1849-1931) was an author and organist based in England.


Freemantle was first taught music by his father. Subsequently he was taught by Henry Smith, organist of Sheffield Parish Church, and Percival Phillips, organist of St George’s Church, Sheffield.

He then moved to Lincoln and for four and a half years was an articled pupil of, and assistant organist to, John Matthew Wilson Young, organist of Lincoln Cathedral.

He was also organist of St Mary le Wigford, Lincoln and later St Andrew's Church, Sharrow, Sheffield.

He was a Professor of Music in Sheffield where he taught organ, harmonium, pianoforte, and harmony and composition.

He became an ardent collector of Mendelssohnia and wrote The Life and Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, 1890-1847. His collection now forms part of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Foundation Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress.



  • A Collection of Kyries, Glorias, Chants, &c., &c., compiled, composed, or arranged by W. T. Freemantle. 1867-7


  • The Life and Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, 1809-1847
  • Mendelssohn and his ten visits to England
  • Mendelssohn in Manchester (unpublished manuscript)[2]
  • A Bibliography of Sheffield and Vicinity. Sheffield: Pawson and Brailsford; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, 1911
  • Sterndale Bennett and Sheffield. Sheffield: Pawson and Brailsford. 1919


  1. ^ British Musical Biography, James Duff Brown, Stephen Samuel Stratton, 1897
  2. ^ Mendelssohn and the Organ, William A. Little. Oxford University Press. 2012