John Stanley (1712-1786) was an English composer and organist. He was born in London and received his musical education at the Chapel Royal, where he studied with William Croft and other prominent musicians of the time. Stanley is known for his organ music, including a number of voluntaries and other pieces for the instrument, as well as his anthems and other choral works. He was also active as an organist and served as the organist of several churches in London, including St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In addition to his composing and performing activities, Stanley was also a respected teacher, and taught a number of well-known musicians, including William Boyce and William Herschel. Stanley’s music is known for its tuneful melodies and formal structure, and his works continue to be performed and admired today.