Born: De­cem­ber 16, 1822, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 28, 1876, New York City.

Buried: Ken­sal Green Ce­me­te­ry, London, Eng­land.


Charles was the son of Will­iam Hors­ley.

He stu­died in Ger­ma­ny un­der Haupt­mann and Men­dels­sohn, and on return to Eng­land com­posed se­ver­al ora­to­rios and oth­er pieces.

In 1860 he was ap­point­ed to ar­range the mu­sic for the 1862 In­ter­na­tion­al Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The fol­low­ing year, he emi­grat­ed to Aus­tral­ia, where he worked as a cho­ral and or­ches­tral con­duct­or.

In 1872, Hors­ley went to Am­er­ica and be­came or­gan­ist of St. John’s Cha­pel, New York Ci­ty, at an an­nu­al sal­a­ry of £500, a po­si­tion he held un­til his death.



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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hors­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),