June 10, 1830, London, England.
March 21, 1915, Sydenham, England.
Barry was educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a student of Thomas Walmisley, and later studied in Cologne and Leipzig, Germany.
He returned to London in 1858, and two years later was organist and choirmaster at Forest School, Leytonstone Hill.
Barry is known as a composer of hymn tunes, cantatas, etc. and as the author of the Analytic Notes to the Crystal Palace, Philharmonic, Richter and Birmingham concerts. He also contributed to the Guardian, and edited the Monthly Musical Record (1875–79).