Henry David Leslie

Henry David Leslie

Henry David Leslie

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Henry David Leslie (18 June 1822 – 5 February 1896) was an English composer and conductor. Leslie was a leader in supporting amateur choral musicians in Britain, founding prize-winning amateur choral societies. He was also a supporter of musical higher education, helping to found national music schools.


Leslie was born in London. His parents were John Leslie, a tailor and enthusiastic amateur viola player, and Mary Taylor Leslie. He had eight brothers and sisters. He attended the Palace School in Enfield and worked with his father. As a teenager, he studied the cello with Charles Lucas and later played that instrument in concerts at the Sacred Harmonic Society for several years.Holmstrom, John, rev. Anne Pimlott Baker. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 5 November 2008

Early career

Leslie began to compose music, and in 1840 he published his Te Deum and Jubilate in D. He became honorary secretary of the newly-founded Amateur Musical Society in 1847."Mr. Henry Leslie", The Times, 7 February 1896, p. 6 His symphony in F was performed in 1848 by the Amateur Musical Society under Michael Balfe.The Times, 25 March 1848, p. 5, col B The next year, at the Norwich music festival of 1849, his much-admired anthem "Let God Arise" was premiered. He conducted the Amateur Musical Society from 1853 until it...
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