1813–1879

Introduction

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Born: Oc­to­ber 26, 1813, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: Ju­ly 6, 1879, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: Hamp­stead Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don.

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Biography

Henry was the son of conductor and organist Sir John Thomas Smart (1776–1867). He stu­died mu­sic with his fa­ther and W. H. Kearns.

He de­clined a com­mis­sion in the In­di­an ar­my, and had planned to work in law, but gave it up for a mu­sic­al ca­reer.

He played the or­gan at Black­burn Pa­rish Church, Lan­ca­shire (1831–36); St. Giles, Crip­ple­gate (1836–38); St. Phil­ip’s, Re­gent Street (1838–39); St. Luke’s, Old Street (1844–64); and St. Pan­cras Church (1865–79).

He went blind in 1864, but con­tin­ued to com­pose. He was the mu­sic ed­it­or for Psalms and Hymns for Di­vine Wor­ship (1867), the Pres­by­ter­i­an Hym­nal (1875) and the hymn book of the Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Scot­land.

He was a rec­og­nized au­thor­i­ty on or­gans. He drew up spe­ci­fi­ca­tions for ma­ny of the in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing those in the Ci­ty Hall and St. An­drew’s Hall in Glas­gow, Scot­land, and the Town Hall in Leeds.

Sources

Music