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Composing Music at the Charles Wesley Organ in London

July 21, 2002

By: Rev. Larry D. Ellis 

The Purpose

I have visited London a number of times. Many of those trips, I visited Wesley's Chapel there on City Road. This has the chapel that was built by John Wesley. He is buried behind the chapel in a small graveyard. During each of those visits I looked at the small pipe organ that belonged to Charles Wesley and had a strong desire to play it. Being one who loves to compose hymns and choral music, I also had long thought about what it would be like to be able to compose Christian music setting at the same organ that was played by one of the most prolific hymn composers in the world, Charles Wesley. I had read several biographies of Charles and felt that were he alive today, we would have crossed paths and become friends. In addition a very good friend of mine and fellow church musician was now living in England and I wanted to be able to spend some time with him as well.

My Daily Journal

Here are copies of my daily journal that I sent back to my friends so that they could share my experiences of my trip as it was in process.

Monday, July 8, 2002
Tuesday, July 9, 2002
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12-14, 2002
Monday, July 15, 2002
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Thursday, July 18, 2002
Friday, July 19, 2002
Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, 2002

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