Henry Simms (organist)

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Henry Simms (1804 – 1 May 1872) was an English organist and composer.[1]


Henry Simms was born in 1804, the son of Jesse Simms. He studied pianoforte under Ignaz Moscheles.

He was chorus master for the Birmingham Choral Society from 1842, following in the place of the late George Hollins.[2] He was famous as an extempore player, and widely known as a teacher of pianoforte and singing.

He had two sons, both of whom were also organists:

  • Robert Henry Simms (1829-1856)
  • Edward Bishop Simms

He died on 1 May 1872.



His compositions were chiefly teaching pieces for pianoforte and songs ; but he also wrote a Communion Service.

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Bishop Simms
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St. Philip's Church, Birmingham
1829 - 1871
Succeeded by
Charles John Blood Meacham


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  2. ^ "Birmingham, March 14, 1842". Aris’s Birmingham Gazette. England. 14 March 1842. Retrieved 18 January 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Birmingham, April 27, 1829". Aris’s Birmingham Gazette. England. 27 April 1829. Retrieved 18 January 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Musical year book. Vol 2. Max Hinrichsen. 1946