William Wolstenholme was born in Lancashire in 1865, and was blind from birth. His musical ability was recognized early -- he studied violin with Elgar and ultimately graduated from Oxford University. After holding several posts in the UK, he toured the USA in the early 1900s and garnered an international reputation as a recitalist, composer, and improviser.
This work was published in 1900 by Paxon, and is part of this "Album of Organ Pieces" which contains several other gems!
I first heard this lovely piece here on CB: Please do also check out Agnus_Dei's lovely recording: https://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/27794
I play this on the wonderful St. Mary-Le-Bow extended sampleset by Lavender Audio. The pipe organ was installed and voiced by Kenneth Tickell in the summer of 2010, and released as a multi-channel Hauptwerk sampleset in 2019. Lavender Audio have created an extended specification instrument using only samples from the actual organ, and present a versatile three-manual instrument.
My mixer settings:
Close 22; Ambient 46; Surround 127