John Stanley

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John Stanley

Charles John Stanley (born January 17, 1712 in London , † May 19, 1786 ibid) was an English composer , organist and violinist.


John Stanley went blind after an accident at the age of 2. From the age of seven he received music lessons from Maurice Greene and at St Paul's Cathedral . At the age of 12 he became organist at All Hallows Church on Bred Street, in 1726 at St Anrews Church in Holborn and from 1734 at Temple Church . As a violinist, he conducted subscription concerts in the concert hall of the Swan Tavern for several years. At Oxford University he obtained a Bachelor of Music in 1729. In Walbrook, where he later lived, he met John Hawkins , who wrote several of his cantata texts. He was friends with George Frideric Handel and after Handel's death performed his oratorios together with John Christopher Smith and later with Thomas Linley . In 1770 he received the position of director of the Foundling Hospital , whose musical life he played a major role. In 1779 he succeeded William Boyce as " Master of the King's Musick ".

His work includes the opera “Teraminta”, the cantata “The Choice Of Hercules”, 12 other cantatas with texts by John Hawkins, the oratorios “Jephta”, “The Fall of Egypt” and “Zimri” as well as instrumental music.

Works (selection)

  • Opus 1 Eight Solos for Flute and Continuo (1740)
  • Opus 2 Six Concertos for strings (or organ & strings or flute & continuo) (1742/1745)
  • Opus 3 Six Cantatas (1742)
  • Opus 4 Six Solos for Flute and Continuo (1745)
  • Opus 5 Ten Voluntaries for Organ (1748)
  • Opus 6 Ten Voluntaries for Organ (1752)
  • Opus 7 Ten Voluntaries for Organ (1754)
  • Opus 8 Six Cantatas (1751)
  • Opus 9 Three Cantatas (1751)
  • Opus 10 Six Concertos for Organ or Harpsichord (1775)


  • Jephthah (1757)
  • Zimiri (1760)
  • Arcadia (1762)
  • The Fall of Egypt (1774)

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