The blind English organist, composer and improviser William Wolstenholme was born in Blackburn on 24 February 1865. He studied at the Worcester College for the Blind where his teachers included William Done and Edward Elgar, and then studied music at Oxford.
He was organist at St Paul's Blackburn and then at a series of London churches. His music includes chamber works, songs, orchestral works and organ pieces.
Wolstenholme died in London on 23 July 1931.
A selection of M&V articles about William Wolstenholme
Ensemble. Music for the Brave Organist - Mike Wheeler listens to David Liddle's recital at Derby Cathedral
A Firm Grasp - Peter Litman plays the organs of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler
Musicianship and Panache - Michael Harris at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Tony Westerman