The music manuscripts and publications collected by William Thomas Freemantle comprise one of the most important music collections in Leeds Special Collections. The materials were purchased by Lord Brotherton from the personal library of William Thomas Freemantle (1849-1931) who was a musician, author and collector from Sheffield.
This exhibition will be a guide through the collection, highlighting some of the more significant materials that researchers can find within the archive. Freemantle had a particular interest in 18th and 19th century English music, especially for choral and church settings. He also gathered a large amount of materials on Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who was the composer who first sparked his interest in collecting.
This online exhibition was created by Joe Whelan, an Undergraduate BA Music student as part of a Lord Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship, September 2016.