Composer John Stanley

Our postlude on Sunday is a "Voluntary" composed by John Stanley (1712-1786). You may want to close your eyes and listen to the piece as John Stanley would have heard it. At the young age of 2, John Stanley suffered a household accident that left him blind. Yet Stanley would carry on to become a well established composer of his time.

Stanley had a remarkable memory that enabled him to conduct music such as Handel's, play the organ and compose. Often he would have someone play the music through for him once and he would commit it to memory.

Music often reaches us beyond the definitions of logic and science. It touches our emotions.

For John Stanley, music became his way of sharing his love for God.
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