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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Henry Wells

Mr. Henry Wells, Organist of Durham Street Wesleyan Church, is a native of the city of Worcester, England, where he was born on 16th of May, 1852. He was educated at the Cathedral School, and was a chorister for eight years, studied music under Mr. A. J. Caldicott, and afterwards under Mr. Taylor, who was a pupil of Mr. Done, organist of Worcester Cathedral. Mr. Wells studied the organ, piano, and theory, and at the age of nineteen was appointed organist of St. Mary's parish church, Hull. About a year later hesucceeded Dr. Gladstone as organist and choirmaster of St. Patrick's church, Brighton Four years later he was appointed a master at St. George's Collegiate School, Huntingdon, where he remained about a year, when he was appointed music master at Leamington College, and also organist at St. John's church of that town. Mr. Wells came to Christchurch in 1879, as organist of St. page 203 Michael's, and two years later became first organist and choirmaster of Canterbury Cathedral till 1885, when he retired, and returned to St. Michael's. He became organist at the Durham Street Church in 1901. Mr. Wells was conductor of the Musical Society for about five years, and also for many years connected with the Motett Society, of which he was the originator. He was also conductor of the Christchurch Liederkranzchen for some time. Mr. Wells was married in 1883 to the eldest daughter of Mrs. Pike, of St. Albans, and has three daughters and one son.