For our Communion voluntary this weekend, I will play Pastorale by English organist and composer Charles Wesley (1757 - 1834). He is often referred to as “Charles Wesley Junior” to avoid confusion with his more famous father, the noted hymn-writer and the co-founder of Methodism.
Wesley was considered a musical prodigy from early childhood, and began playing the organ before the age of three. In later years, his organ playing met critical acclaim, but Wesley never enjoyed public performance. He worked mostly as a private organist, at one time for the Prince Regent.
Wesley remained connected to the royal family for much of his adult life, having first played for the Queen’s House at the age of eighteen.
Enjoy the music this weekend - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!