Born: Sep­tem­ber 12, 1856, Bar­ford St. Mar­tin, Wilt­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Au­gust 28, 1942, Barn­sta­ple, De­von, Eng­land.

Buried: 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 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.

  1. Carol! Ca­rol Joy­fu­lly
  2. Caroling, Ca­rol­ing, All Thro’ the Night
  3. Hidalgo
  4. Happy Christ­mas Morn­ing
  5. In Beth­l’m of Ju­dah
  6. Now Let Us Raise Our Har­vest Song
  7. O Christ­mas Bells, Ring Far and Near
  8. O Lov­ely Star That Shone So Bright
  9. Ring Out, O Bells, in Glad­ness
  10. Roland
  11. Softly the Night Is Sleep­ing
  12. Star of Beth­le­hem, Sweet­ly Shin­ing
  13. Sweet An­gels, Ev­er Bright and Fair
  14. Sweetest Mu­sic, Soft­ly Steal­ing
  15. What Do They Say, These Bells to Me?
  16. Wheat and Bar­ley, Bright with Sum­mer
  17. Waken, Chris­tians! Greet the Morn