William Thomas Best

Born: 13th August 1826

Died: 10th May 1897

Birthplace: Carlisle, Cumbria, England

William Thomas Best was an English organist. He was the son of William Best, a solicitor of Carlisle. In childhood, he displayed talent for music, and had some lessons from Young, organist of Carlisle Cathedral. As his father intended he should become a civil engineer, he was sent to Liverpool in 1840 for study; he soon became organist of the baptist chapel in Pembroke Road, which contained an organ with C C pedal-keyboard, then very rare in England. He practised four hours daily on this organ, and also worked regularly at pianoforte technique.

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