The illegitimate son of composer Samuel Wesley, grandson of Charles and great-nephew of John Wesley, Samuel Sebastian was a musical prodigy. He forsook London, however, to become organist at Leeds Parish Church and Exeter, Hereford, Winchester and Gloucester cathedrals. His career was marked by some notable successes, particularly as Conductor of the Three Choirs Festival on five occasions, but also setbacks due, in part, to his abrasive character.
Donald Hunt discusses fully Wesley's life, music and writings, and offers an assessment of his position in the history of the Anglican Church and its music.
Donald Hunt was formerly Organist and Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral and Organiser of the Three Choirs Festival. He has conducted on Songs of Praise and broadcasts regularly on the radio.