His works include:
- Rebekah, an oratorio
- The Lord is King (Psalm 97)
- Services and anthems
- 246 hymn tunes (published in 1897 in one volume)
- Some partsongs (among them the popular Sweet and Low)
- Some pieces for the pipe organ
The English composer and conductor Joseph Barnby was appointed — in succession to Charles Gounod — conductor of the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society. He held this post till his death in 1896. He is buried in West Norwood Cemetery.