Lahee, Henry


English composer; born at Chelsea. He was a pupil of Sterndale Bennett, Goss and Cipriani Potter. Organist at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, from 1847 to 1874, at the same time teaching and composing. He has taken prizes for several of his glees and madrigals, some of which are Hark, How the Birds; Hence, Loathed  Melancholy; Away to the Hunt; and Ah! Woe is Me. Of his songs the best are The Unfaithful Shepherd; Love Me Little, Love Me Long; and Bells. Beside his songs he has written beautiful anthems and instrumental pieces. Longfellow's words seem to suit his style. The cantata, Ine Building of the Ship, was written in 1869 and performed with magnificence in the Hanover Square Rooms. It has since attained much popularity in the provinces and other countries. Another cantata, The Sleeping Beauty, has been given on the Continent and in America. His songs for female voices are especially good.