Born: August 14, 1810, England.
Died: April 19, 1876, Gloucester, England.
Buried: St. Bartholomew’s Cemetery, Exeter, England.
Wesley, a noted organist and theater conductor, was a grandson of hymnist Charles Wesley.
His musical career began as a choir boy in the Chapel Royal and St. Paul’s. In 1826, he began serving as an organist, and started to compose religious music.
He played the organ in Hereford (where he eloped with the Dean’s daughter), Exeter, Leeds parish church, Winchester, and Gloucester. In addition, he taught at the Royal Academy, starting in 1850.
He wrote about 38 anthems, and worked on many hymns.