Wesley, Samuel Sebastian, 1810-1876

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Birth 1810-08-14
Death 1876-04-19

Biographical notes:

Samuel Sebastian Wesley was born on 14 August 1810. At the age of nine he became a choirboy at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, London, singing to George IV in Brighton at the Royal Pavilion. At the age of fifteen in 1826 he was appointed organist of St. James's Chapel, Hampstead Road, and in 1829 organist of St. Giles's Church, Camberwell. In 1832 he became the organist at Hereford Cathedral where he stayed until 1835 when he became organist and sub-chanter of Exeter Cathedral. At Exeter his fame as a composer of church music and as an organist became established. Then, after receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Doctor in Music from Oxford University, an academic career seemed possible, but instead in 1842 he was appointed organist at Leeds Parish Church though he did do some illustrated lecturing at the then Liverpool Collegiate Institution. In 1849 he accepted the post of organist at Winchester Cathedral and he stayed there until 1865 when he was appointed to Gloucester Cathedral. His music production included the anthem The wilderness (1831) and the hymn tune Aurelia as well as many other anthems and collects, pianoforte music, glees and songs. Samuel Sebastian Wesley died at his home on Palace Yard, Gloucester, on 19 April 1876.

From the guide to the Papers of Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876), 1811-1867, (Edinburgh University Library)

British composer and organist.

From the description of [Service in E : an alternative arrangement of the solo in the creed]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571326

Grandson of noted Methodist Hymnist Charles Wesley, Samuel S. Wesley was a noted organist and theater conductor. He also wrote hymns and religious anthems.

From the description of [Letter] [Between 1849 and1865?]. (Southwestern University). WorldCat record id: 70066487

English composer and organist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., n.d.], to Mr. [William?] Chappell, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270679133

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3), dated : Winchester and Gloucester, 17 June, 16 August, and 13 September 1865, to the same unidentified recipient, 1865 Aug. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270679137

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Gloucester, 11 October [1866], to an unidentified recipient, 1866 Oct. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270679139


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