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date: 13 April 2021

Stanley, Johnlocked

  • Malcolm Boyd
  • , revised by A.G. Williams


(b London, Jan 17, 1712; d London, May 19, 1786). English composer, organist and violinist. He became blind as the result of a domestic accident at the age of two, and began to study music as a diversion when he was seven. Little progress was made under his first teacher, John Reading (ii), but he got on so well under Maurice Greene at St Paul's Cathedral that before he was 12 he was appointed organist at the nearby church of All Hallows Bread Street. In 1726 he was elected to a similar post at St Andrew's, Holborn, ‘in preference to a great number of candidates’ (Burney), and in 1734 he was made organist to the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, having resigned from All Hallows in 1727. According to his pupil John Alcock (i), Stanley's playing of voluntaries at the Temple and St Andrew's attracted musicians from all over London, including Handel. He was also an excellent violinist and for several years directed the subscription concerts at the Swan Tavern, Cornhill, and the Castle, Paternoster Row. In ...

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