1757-1834

December 11, 1757, Bristol, England.

May 23, 1834, London, England.

Son of hymnist Charles Wesley, Charles Junior is less well known than his brother, composer Samuel Wesley. Like Samuel, he was regarded as a musical prodigy in childhood, and was playing the organ before the age of three. He became a professional musician, and the European Magazine of 1784 reported his performance on the organ has given supreme delight. He did not enjoy public performance, though, and worked mainly as a private organist, at one time to the Prince Regent. He was connected with the royal family through much of his life, having first played at the Queen’s House at the age of 18. A handful of his compositions are still played: A keyboard sonata in F minor had its first performance on February 1, 2007 at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, as part of a celebration of the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley’s birth and the 250th anniversary of Charles Junior.

  1. Lystra
  2. Sarpy