William Telford

April 18, 2009

William Telford (1809-1885) was an Irish organ builder, who established the firm of Telford and Sons.

Singleton consulted him extensively on the College’s organ, eventually commissioning a large 47-stop instrument.

The firm built a number of organs, ranging in size from that for Radley to small church barrel organs.

Major commissions included Trinity College, Dublin (1838), Killala Cathdral, County Mayo (1838), the church of St Malachy, Belfast (1847), and St Eugene’s Cathedral, Londonderry (1872). Most of the major work was done in Ireland, but the firm was well-known in England and abroad, including two organs for churches in New Zealand.

Telford was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Dublin Society in 1847 for his work, and in 1851 he judged musical instruments at the Great Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace.

This article was drawn from the entry in Grove Music Online

One Response to “William Telford”

  1. ian telford Says:

    Most interesting to find a Telford involved in music .I came upon your site whist looking for early roots of my family. My branch was living in Cumberland from the mid eighteenth century but no trace before then They may have come from Scotland via Ireland.I have a William Talford born probably around 1760-70 and it occured to me that there might be a connection.Is anything known about Williams ancestors? If anybody has any information I would be most interested to learn about his family{ and possibly find a connection.]Many thanks and all praise for your site.Ian telford.

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