1810–1876
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Au­gust 14, 1810, Eng­land.

Ap­ril 19, 1876, Glou­ces­ter, Eng­land.

St. Bar­thol­o­mew’s Ce­me­te­ry, Ex­e­ter, Eng­land.

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Plaque in Exeter Cathedral

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. His works in­clude:

  1. Abbey Dore
  2. Alcester
  3. Alleluia
  4. Almsgiving
  5. Apostles
  6. Arran
  7. Ashburton
  8. Ath
  9. Aurelia
  10. Basel
  11. Berkshire
  12. Bickleigh
  13. Bovey
  14. Brecknock
  15. Bridgewater
  16. Brighton
  17. Brixen
  18. Bude
  19. Budin
  20. Cambridge
  21. Castleford
  22. Chilton
  23. Colchester
  24. Communion
  25. Cornwall
  26. Day-Star
  27. Devonshire
  28. Ellingham
  29. Engedi
  30. Epiphany
  31. Eternity
  32. Ewyas Har­old
  33. Faith
  34. Fowey
  35. Glasbury
  36. Grosmont
  37. Grosvenor
  38. Gweedore
  39. Harbridge
  40. Harewood
  41. Hawarden
  42. Heimweh
  43. Hereford
  44. Hornsey
  45. Houghton-le-Spring
  46. Leyden
  47. Memoria
  48. Middleham
  49. Morning
  50. Pilgrimage
  51. Radford
  52. Reliance
  53. Ross
  54. Shillingstone
  55. Snohomish
  56. Somerley
  57. St. Mi­chael New
  58. Stafford
  59. Trinity
  60. Ulm
  61. Wetherby
  62. Wigan
  63. Willingham
  64. Winscott