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Renn, Samuel

Michael Sayer

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.23202

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(b Kedleston, Derbys., June 10, 1786; d Manchester, Jan 11, 1845). English organ builder. In 1799 Renn was apprenticed to his uncle, James Davis, a successful London organ builder who had migrated from Preston, Lancashire, about 1790. In 1808 Renn became Davis's foreman and supervised organ installations and maintenance in London and Lancashire; he was working on Davis's largest organ, in Stockport parish church, when Davis retired on inheriting his brother David's wealth made in partnership with Clementi. Renn, with John Boston, took over Davis's Lancashire contracts and traded as Renn & Boston, first in Stockport (1822–5) and then in Manchester; Boston left the partnership about 1835. Renn's nephew James Kirtland had joined the firm as apprentice in 1826; after Renn's death Kirtland continued trading and was joined in 1846 by Frederick Wincott Jardine. The name Kirtland & Jardine was used until 1867, when the title Jardine & Co. was adopted; this firm flourished in Manchester until ...

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Subjects: Music ; Romantic Music

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