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Joseph Barnby

by Deborah Macomber
expanded by Pastor Clinton Macomber


Sir Joseph Barnby was an amazing musician. He was born in York, England, on August 12, 1838 to the organist Thomas Barnby. He was a chorister at the age of seven.

In 1862, he was made organist of St. Andrews, Wells Street, London. During his career, he was the organist at St. Michael, St. James the Less, and St. Anne. At St. Anne’s, started the annual performances of Bach’s Passions.

From 1864, he started conducting “Barnby’s Choir.”

He wrote music for 246 hymns, all his tunes being published. He also wrote 45 anthems. Five important hymnals were edited by him, and his choirs were well known for their professionalism.

He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1892 for his accomplishments in music.

He died on January 28, 1896 in London, England.

Hymns Sir Barnby were involved in include:



Osbeck, K.W. 101 Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1982.

Osbeck, K.W. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990.

Osbeck, K.W. 101 More Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1985

Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed, 1911.

Cyberhymnal, “Joseph Barnby,”

D.S. Cushman, “Barnby, Sir Joseph.” J. D. Douglas, Philip Wesley Comfort and Donald Mitchell, Who's Who in Christian History, Illustrated Lining Papers. (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1997, c1992).

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