William Edward Wadeley

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William Edward Wadeley (also spelt Wadely) FRCO (4 December 1855 - 25 April 1943) was an organist and composer based in England. He achieved the remarkable record of being organist at St John the Baptist Church, Kidderminster for 66 years.


He was born on 4 December 1855 in Worcester, the son of Frederick Gibbs Wadeley and Ann Hobro.

At age 10, he went to Kidderminster as a member of the Christie Minstrels, in the care of William Ball, father of the famous music hall star, Miss Vesta Tilley, the male impersonator, afterwards Lady de Freece.[1]

He married Zoe Gilbert in 1879 and they had the following children:

  • Frederick William Wadeley (also spelt Wadely)(1882 - 1970, organist of Carlisle Cathedral)
  • Zoe May Wadely (1882 - 1973, teacher at the Midland School of Music in Birmingham)
  • Harold Edward Wadely (1884 - 1978, president of the Firth Carpet Company in New York)
  • Gilbert Wadely (1886 - 1894)

He grew up in Worcester and learned organ at Worcester Cathedral and studied under Edward Spray alongside Edward Elgar.

He was Kidderminster Borough Organist for 27 years. He died on Easter Day 1943.



He composed works for choir and organ.


  1. ^ Tamworth Herald - Saturday 8 May 1943
  2. ^ Worcester Journal - Saturday 20 April 1872
  3. ^ Tamworth Herald - Saturday 25 December 1875