September 12, 1856, Barford St. Martin, Wiltshire, England.
August 28, 1942, Barnstaple, Devon, England.
Town F Cemetery, Barnstaple, Devon, England.
Son of a shoemaker, Simper worked a while at a music shop in Worcester, near that owned by the Elgar family. In the 1890s, he moved to Barnstaple, where he spent the rest of his career working as a choirmaster, organist and composer. He produced a prodigious amount of Anglican church music and organ pieces, aimed at small parish choirs and unskilled organists. His anthems in particular became widely popular and were sold under the slogan
Sung throughout the civilized world. Over five million copies were sold by the 1920s.