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Professor of music, pianist, organist, composer
Born Egham (near Windsor), Middlesex, England, 29 May 1820
Arrived Sydney, with the 80th Regiment, "about 1837" (probably on the Mangles, 10 July 1837, from Portsmouth, 23 March)
Diacharged from the 80th Regiment, Paramatta, 31 July 1841
Died Petersham, NSW, 10 September 1902, in his 83rd year
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1502628 (NLA persistent identifier)
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AND DAUGHTERS OF THE ABOVE
Music and piano teacher, ? soprano vocalist
Born Sydney, NSW, 16 January 1860
Died Sydney, NSW, 17 January 1947
Music teacher, pianist
Born Redfern, NSW, 3 September 1869
Died Sydney, NSW, 23 August 1947
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St George's Chapel Windsor, the choir, looking West, in W. H. Pyne, The history of the Royal residences (1819)
According to his obituary, William Stanley was born at Windsor Castle on 29 May 1820, and was the son of the late organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor (however, his army records give his place of birth as the nearby town of Egham). His mother Ann Stanley had married William Sexton, organist of St. George's at Windsor on 8 August 1819, Sexton's previous wife, Elizabeth, having died in 1817. A daughter Ann was born at Windsor on 27 January 1822, and in a notice in the Sydney press in 1891 Stanley recorded the death at Eastbourne (UK) on 1 October, "in her 70th year" of his "eldest dearly beloved sister".
When Sexton wrote his will (on 24 February 1824) they were living at No 19, Lower Cloisters. Sexton had died by June 1824, and left his estate to Ann. On 23 June his son John, by his previous marriage, sold some of Sexton's music books to the cathedral.
William Stanley was educated in the chapel, and, aged 10, sang at the funeral of George IV, on 15 July 1830 (obituary). A Master Sexton of Windsor was among the boy trebles listed as singing in the chorus at the Royal Musical Festival in Westminster Abbey in summer 1834. Any son of Sexton by his previous marriage would have been too old, and so this was probably either William (aged just 14), or a younger brother of his, or a son of one of Sexton's older sons.
As William Stanley, he enlisted in the 80th Regiment, where, in a September 1836 paylist, his age is given as 20 (recte 16). He took his discharge from the regiment at Parramatta on 31 July 1841. There is no evidence that he was a member of the band, nor any indication, in early Sydney press reports mentioning him, of him being a soldier. However, he did appear in public in Windsor, NSW, as a pianist on the same program as the band and its master Samuel Edgerton, at the Gautrots' concert on 5 October 1839.
Procession of choristers and clergy emerging through the gate of the Lower Cloister; Joseph Nash, Views of the interior and exterior of Windsor Castle (London: Thomas McLean, 1848)
Berkshire marriage index (copy sighted courtesy of Joan Stanley), William Sexton and Ann Stanley, 8 August 1819, Windsor, New
Baptism register, St. George's Chapel, Windsor; Fellowes 1957, 42
Ann, Daughter of William and Ann Sexton born January 27 1822 and baptized May 10th 1822.
Sainsbury 1824, volume 2, 432
SEXTON, (WILLIAM) organist, subprecantor and master of the choristers of St. George's chapel, Windsor, and lay-clerk, &c. of Eton college chapel, was admitted as a chorister to both of the above chapels in 1773, being in the ninth year of his age; and here, in passing, we will remark, that one of the most singular circumstances in his life, is, that from the above period to the present, being a space of nearly fifty one years, he has never been absent from his professional duties so long as fourteen days at one time. He was next placed as a pupil under Edward Webb, a celebrated organist of Windsor and Eton, and brother-in-law to the late provost of Eton and canon of Windsor, Dr. J. Davis. He next officiated as deputy organist, &c. till the year 1801, when he was appointed organist of St. George's chapel, at the same time continuing his duties at Eton college, the organist there being alive, but past duty; so that both master and scholar may be said to be (to use a professional phrase) real cathedralists. Sexton has composed some anthems, canons, glees, songs, &c. but has not published any of them. In 1808, he printed a volume of eight anthems by Handel, composed for the duke of Chandos. These he shortened and arranged for the organ and voices, for the use of cathedrals.
Will of William Sexton, organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, 28 July 1824, National Archives UK, PROB 11/1688/447
Sainsbury 1825, volume 2, 432
[Funeral of George IV], The Edinburgh Evening Courant (15 July 1830)
The burial service was for the most part chanted, and the anthem sung with splendid effect. Nothing could be more sublime or touching that was the whole of the service.
George IV's funeral, in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, The Mirror (7 August 1830)
Robert Huish, Memoirs of George the Fourth descriptive of the most interesting scenes of his private and public life . . . (London: Printed for T. Kelley, 1830), 255 footnote
It is impossible to have witnessed a more striking contrast than that which presented itself in the town of Windsor, at the funeral of the Princess Charlotte  and that of George IV, her father. The former was a display of the deepest national sorrow . . . The funeral of George IV was a positive Jubilee. Crowds hastened to witness the pageantry of the spectacle; but not on a single countenance was observed an expression of grief. The Park was thronged with joyous parties, and shouts of revelry and mirth were interrupted only by the firing of the minute-gun, or the rolling of the carriages conveying the mourners to the ceremony. Under one tree was heard the glee of "When Arthur first at Court began," and under another "A merry king, and a merry king, and a right merry king was he;" whilst in the streets of the town, in the immediate vicinity of the Castle, where lay in all the magnificence of royalty, and all the littleness and insignificance of humanity, the putrifying remains of England's sovereign defunct, a kind of fair was held, where the life and Portrait of the late King, of blessed memory, were to be had for one penny; and the amours of the Marchioness of Conyngham, as a necessary appendix, for a penny also.
"Royal Musical Festival in Westminster Abbey", The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction 24/670 (5 July 1834), supplement 19
THE CHORUS. Superintendent, Mr. J. T. Harris. Cantos. - Miss Addison, Mrs. Allcroft . . . Miss Wallace, Mrs. Willis, Miss Yates, Masters Boardman and Buckland (St. Paul's), Charlton, Chipp, and Cooke (Chapel Royal) . . . Harris (Windsor) . . . Pullen (Windsor) . . . Sexton (Windsor) . . . Webber (Windsor), Wilson, Woodham (St. Paul's).
John E. West, Cathedral organists past and present: a record of the succession of organists of the cathedrals, chapels royal, and principal collegiate churches of the United Kingdom, from about the period of the reformation until the present day . . . (London: Novello and Company, 1899), 133
[St. George's Windsor] William Sexton 1801-1824. Born 1764. Chorister in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor, and in Eton College. Pupil of Edward Webb. For some years Assistant Organist of St. George's Chapel. Organist, Sub Precentor, and Master of the Choristers, 1801. Died 1824. Composer of Church Music, Glees, Songs, &c.
Eightieth Regiment of Foot, Quarterly Pay-List from the 1st of January 1837, to the 31st of March, 1837 . . . Privates; National Archives UK
[Regimental number] 1321; Stanley, William; [Payments made from] 1 January [to] 20 July . . . Australian colonies, embarked 7th March, 1837 [other dates of embarkation on the same page 4th, 17th, and 21st March
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Herald (13 July 1837), 2
ARRIVALS. From Portsmouth, on Monday last, having sailed from thence the 23rd of March, the ship Mangles, Captain Carr, with 308 male Convicts, under the superintendence of Dr. Logan, Surgeon, R. N. The guard comprises the headquarters of the 80th Regiment, namely, Major Nunn, Lieutenant Lockhart, Ensign Kelson, and thirty-two rank and file of the 80th Regiment . . .
[Advertisement], The Australian (9 October 1838), 3
Under Distinguished Patronage. MISS WALLACE BEGS to inform her Friends and the Public, that her Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, will take place on the 17th instant, in the Saloon of the Royal Hotel; on which occasion she will be assisted by Mr. J. P. Deane and family, a celebrated Vocal Amateur, Mr. Worgan, Mr. W. Stanley, Mr. Sippe, Miss A. Winstanley, and Mr. Wallace. Programme. Part 1st . . . 4. Concerto - Pianoforte - HERZ, Mr. W. Stanley . . .
"THE CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (19 October 1838), 2
The lovers of music were regaled on Wednesday evening, at Miss Wallace's concert, with a treat seldom to be met with in this colony. The bill of fare was excellent and all went off in a style highly gratifying to the audience, who consisted of the most respectable families in Sydney. The overture to "Otello", by the orchestra, and to the "Bronze Horse" by the military band, were executed in a most superior manner . . . A concerto on the Pianoforte by Mr. W. Stanley was played in a masterly style . . .
"CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (22 October 1838), 2
. . . A Mr. Stanley played one of Herz's concertos on the piano forte fairly, but nothing more . . .
[Advertisement], The Sydney Monitor (27 February 1839), 1
Under the Patronage of Lady Gipps. MISS WALLACE has the honour to announce that her Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music will take place on WEDNESDAY Evening, February 27, 1839, in the Saloon of the Royal Hotel, on which occasion she will be assisted by Miss Ellard, just arrived in this Colony, the Vocal Amateur who was received with such enthusiastic applause at the two last Concerts, Mr. Worgan, Mr. W. Stanley, and Mr. S. W. Wallace, and, by the permission of Colonel Wodehouse, the Band of the 80th Regiment . . . Part II . . . 3. Solo, Piano Forte ... Herz - Mr. W. Stanley . . .
"THE CONCERT", The Colonist (2 March 1839), 3
We have to speak in the highest terms of Mr. W. Stanley as a piano-forte player, he is evidently a perfect master of the instrument, and his performance was not more rapturously applauded than it deserved.
"THE CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (29 April 1839), 2
. . . In conclusion, it is but just to state, that the vocal parts were admirably accompanied on the piano-forte by Mr. Stanley, whose talents as a musician are evidently of a superior order.
"THE CONCERT", The Colonist (1 May 1839), 3
No small share of credit is due to Mr. W. Stanley for his talented accompaniments and performances on the pianoforte.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (2 October 1839), 3
MONSIEUR AND MADAME GAUTROT Have the honor to announce to the Inhabitants of Windsor and its Vicinity, that their CONCERT of Vocal and Instrumental Music, WILL take place at the COURT-HOUSE, WINDSOR, on on SATURDAY EVENING NEXT, October 5, at Half-past Seven o'Clock precisely. They will be assisted by Mr. and Mrs. BUSHELLE; Mr. EDGERTON; Mr. W. STANLEY, Pianist: and (by the kind permission of COLONEL BAKER,) the Band of the 80th Regiment . . .
Eightieth Regiment of Foot, Quarterly Pay-List from the 1st of July 1841, to the 30th of September, 1841 . . . RETURN of the Non-Commissioned Officers, Drummers, &c, and Privates of the 80th Regiment of Foot . . .; National Archives UK
[Regimental number] 1321; Stanley, William; [place of birth] Egham, Middlesex; [Trade when enlisted] Musician; [How become non-effective] Do. [Discharge]; [Place and Day] Parramatta, 31 July 1841.
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (28 October 1841), 3
UNDER DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE. PARRAMATTA. MRS. BUSHELLE, assisted by Mrs. J. S. Prout, Signorina Emilia, Mr. W. S. Wallace, Mr. Worgan, Mr. W. Stanley, Mr. Bushelle, and Amateurs, will give her Farewell Concert, at Nash's Hotel, Parramatta, Tomorrow Evening, the 29th October, 1841. Tickets to be had at Walker's and Nash's Hotel.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 January 1843), 1
MR. W. STANLEY, in returning thanks to his friends and the public of Parramatta, and its vicinity, for their favours during the past year, begs to inform the public that he continues to give instructions on the Pianoforte, Clarionet, and in singing. N.B.- Pianofortes tuned. Macquarie street, Parramatta, Jan. 13.
[Advertisement], The Australian (25 January 1844), 2
THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLONY. A GRAND TEETOTAL FESTIVAL, IN AID OF THE FUNDS FOR RAISING A BAND. The above Festival will take place, and commence at Six o'clock in the Evening of the 26th Instant, in the Roman Catholic School Room, Parramatta, and be conducted similar to that on the Queen's last Birthday. Mr. William Stanley, Professor of Music, has kindly consented to conduct the Musical department, gratuitously. The Public are also informed, that a Sub-Committee has pledged itself to use every exertion to give satisfaction; Tickets may be had at 2s. each, of the following persons, viz.: Messrs. Stanley, Lewthwaite, Staff, Mason, Neale, McMahon, G. Oakes, Esq., and the Rev. Mr. Coffey, Parramatta; and also of Mr. James Fletcher, Temperance Coffee House, Pitt-street, Sydney. January 22.
St. John's Church, Parramatta, c.1840-50 (State Library of New South Wales)
"MARRIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 July 1846), 3
On Tuesday last, by special license, at St. John's Church, Parramatta, by the Rev. H. H. Bobart, M.A., Mr. William Stanley, Professor of Music, to Susannah Sarah, eldest daughter of Edward New, Esq., of Parramatta.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 January 1849), 4
CAUTION. THE public are hereby cautioned against purchasing any of the following articles,
which were stolen from my residence on the night of the 20th instant, viz.:
1 Lady's gold ring, set with blue stones and ruby in centre; 1 Gold locket; 1 Gold seal with white cornelian;
1 Red cornelian heart with chain; 1 Silver punch ladle broken off at the handle; 1 Silver dessert knife, fork, and spoon;
1 Gold brooch, with S. E. P. in gold letters; with sundry articles belonging to a lady's work box.
WILLIAM STANLEY, Professor of Music, Kent-street South.
Two pounds reward will ba paid to any person upon conviction of the offender or offenders, and one pound seward to any parson giving information as to the surpected parties.
"THE DRAPERS' CONCERT", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (31 March 1849), 3
"PARRAMATTA. THE CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 July 1850), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 August 1850), 1
MR. STANLEY'S GRAND CONCERT OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC,
IN THE SALOON OF THE ROYAL HOTEL, ON FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 9th, 1850,
MR. STANLEY is particularly anxious to draw public attention to the circumstance, that on this occasion he shall have the honour of introducing to his patrons a gentleman (Mons. Longchamp) whose performance on the patent Boehm Flute, an instrument hitherto unknown in this colony, he has no doubt will afford them the same gratification as has been hitherto experienced by all who have heard him. Mr. Stanley has also great pleasure tn referring to the subjoined Programme, whereby it will be seen that he will also be assisted by Miss Sara Flower, Madame Carundini, Monsieur De Lamar, (lately from Paris, pupil of Bandevali, Martelli, &c ) Mr. Waller, and Mr. Baly.
Overture, "Zampa," pianoforte ... Mr. Stanley
Madrigal. "Down in a flowery Vale," composed by Constantius Festa, Anno Domini, 1542, Mudame Carandini, Miss Sara Flower, Monsieur De Lamar, Mr. Waller, and Mr. Stanley
Descriptive Song, "The Lugger," Spoole ... Mr. Waller
Cavatina "I'o non ti posso," Donizetti ... Miss S. Flower
Solo Flute, Swiss Boy, Boehm ... M. Longchamp, on the patent Boehm Flute
Aria, "One gentle Heart," Wallace ... Madame Carandini
Romanza, "Una furtivi lagrima" (from L'Elisir D'Amore) ... Monsieur De Lamar
Solo Pianoforte, Herz ... Mr. Stanley
Song, " The Wanderer," Schubert ... Miss S. Flower
Song (Buffo) " Largo al factotum," (from Il Barbiere di Siviglia) ... Mr. Waller
Overture, " Fra Diavolo," pianoforte ... Mr. Stanley
Duet, " Lascia mi non t'ascolto," from Tancredi, Rossini ... Madame Carandini and Miss S. Flower
Solo Flute, "God Save the Queen," Drouet ... Mr. Baly
Ballad "Tell him I love him yet", Stanley .... Miss S. Flower
March. Pianoforte, (composed by Wm. Stanley when only twelve years of age) ... Mr. Stanley
Solo, Flute. Monsieur Longchamp
Ballad. "The Bride's Farewell," composed by Wm. Stanley ... Madame Carandini
Song, "When I think of the wrongs he hath done me," Paer ... Mr. Waller
Serenade, "Sleep, gentle lady," Bishop ... Madame Carandini, Miss Sara Flower, and Mr. Waller
Tickets, Four Shillings each, may be had of Mr. Sparke, Royal Hotel; Mr. Grocott, Music Saloon, George-street; and of Mr. Stanley, at his residence, Pitt-street South, Concert to commence at 8 o'clock.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 August 1850), 1
"MR. STANLEY'S CONCERT", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (10 August 1850), 2
But brief space is spared us in which to condense the column of eulogium which we would freely afford to the talented artistes who last evening elicitod the warmest demonstrations of approval from one of the most aristocratic audiences that ever honored the saloon of tho Royal Hotel with their presence. The brilliant warbling of the pretty "Flower" of the night, we need not dilate upon; neither needs Madame Carandini any complimentary offering from one humblo pen; but of Mr. Waller we feel in justice bound to express an opinion - we never heard him to so great advantage. Of the instrumental performances, suficeo it to say they were beyond praise.
"CONCERT", The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (17 August 1850), 2
On Thursday evening Miss Sara Flower and Madame Carandini gave a concert, at the Northumberland Hotel, West Maitland, Mr. Stanley officiating at the piano. It is needless to say that the audience were enthusiastic in their admiration of the fair artistes, encoring Miss Flower in "By the sad Sea Waves," and "Tell him I love him yet," and encoring her twice over in "The Old Arm Chair." The last named was perhap the gem of the evening, the rich and peculiar lower notes of the gifted singer making it a great treat, although an old and well known ballad. Besides the above we admired particularly the duet "Fiero Incontro," by Miss Flower and Madame Carandini, one part in particular being very beautiful; the ballad, "The spell is broken," by Madame Carandini; and the duet, "The Convent Bell," by the two ladies, in which their voices harmonised so well, and the execution was so admirable, that although, a well-know tune it appeared quite a novelty. Mr. Stanley had unfortunately a piano much out of tune before him, but in spite of this his accompaniments were most tastefully executed, and the new polka "D'Albert" was given by him so finely that it excited great regret that the instrument injured the effect. The attendance was good, considering the high prices, and the exceedingly brief notice given of the actual performance, the party not having reached Maitland till about four o'clock in the afternoon; about eighty persons were present. Yesterday the fair singers and their companions returned to Newcastle overland, to proceed back to Sydney, but they left with a promise to revisit Maitland after the races.
"BIRTHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 January 1860), 1
On Monday, 16th instant, at No. 3, Brisbane-street, South Head Road, the wife of Mr. Stanley, professor of music, of a daughter.
"THE RIFLES QUICK MARCH", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 April 1861), 5
A very spirited composition by Mr. Stanley, of the South Sydney Company of Volunteer Rifles, has just been published by Mr. J. R. Clarke, of George-street, dedicated to tho Volunteer Rifles. It is a "Quick March," well timed and marked, easy of performance on tho pianoforte, for which it is arranged, or other instrument. It is set in B flat, and we are satisfied, from the style of the march, independent of the reputation of the talented composer, the "Rifles' Quick March" will meet with extensive patronage. The titlo-pago is one of the best we have seen attempted in Sydney yet, and is itself worth the price at which the piece is publishod. It represents a member of the Volunteer Rifles in the foreground with another in the distance, in skirmishing order, both in the undress uniform of the corps - blue shirt, white trousers, and cap-covers. The principal figure has just come down to the "ready" - in military parlance - his comrade in the background is in the act of firing from behind a gum-tree. Both figures are drawn with extreme correctness of detail. Thr scenery, foliage, and trees are eminently Australian, and from an inscription in one corner of the engraving we presume it is from the pencil of Mr. Terry. As a work of art, it possesses considerable merit. The printing also reflects credit on Mr. Degotardi.
"VOLUNTEERS", Empire (27 April 1863), 4
. . . The Rifle band performed with its wonted efficiency, and the playing of the No. 3 Volunteer Artillery band, which we understand appeared for the first time on parade, under the leadership of the accomplished musician, Mr. William Stanley, reflected great credit on their new preceptor. We may here mention that the fifers and drummers, formed by a few juvenile members of the corps, a little band in themselves, were the object of considerable attraction . . .
"FUNERAL", Empire (23 March 1865), 8
THE Friends of Mr. WILLIAM STANLEY, Professor of Music, are respectfully invited to attend the FUNERAL of his late departed Wife, SUSANNAH SARAH, on FRIDAY MORNING, 24th instant. The procession to move from his residence, Barwood, at 9 o'clock, and arrive at St. Barnabas' Church at half-past 10 o'clock, and from thence to Camperdown Cemetery.
"MR. STANLEY'S CONCERT", Empire (16 October 1866), 4
. . . During the ovening Mr. Stanley played several solos on the piano, and was most enthusiastically applauded, especially in Thalberg's grand fantasia op. 40. This magnificent composition of the celebrated pianist lost nothing at the hands of Mr. Stanley. The audience, after the performance, were loud in their demands for a repetition of it; but instead of repeating the fantasia, Mr. Stanley played the celebrated "Que Vive Galop," and narrowly escaped another encore . . .
"THE THOMASINE QUADRILLES", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 December 1867), 13
"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 September 1868), 1
On Saturday, 12th instant, by special license, at St. Barnabas' Church, by the Rev. Thomas Smith, WILLIAM STANLEY, Esq., professor of music, to MARY ANN, youngest daughter of the late JOSEPH CURBY. No cards.
"BIRTHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 September 1869), 1
On Friday, the 3rd instant, at her residence, Milford-terrace, Cleveland-street, Redfern, Mrs. W. STANLEY, of a daughter.
"THE MOSS-ROSE WALTZES", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 March 1870), 5
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 March 1870), 9
MR. W. STANLEY, Professor of Music, Pitt-street South, near Christ Church.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 January 1873), 1
MR. W. STANLEY, Professor of Music, having REMOVED to Newport House, Norton-street, Petersham, is prepared to receive pupils in the vicinity of Marrickville, Ashfield, Burwood, and at his residence. Terms may be known by applying at Newport House; or by letter.
[Advertisement, The Sydney Morning Herald (3 January 1877), 2
MR. W. STANLEY, Professor of Music, Teacher of the Pianoforte, Organ, Harmonium, Singing, Harmony (Dr. Crotch's system), Clarionet, Coenet, Sax- horn, &c. Tuition will be resumed on TUESDAY, 9th instant. Address. St. John's Road, Forest Lodge.
St. Barnabas's Church, Broadway, Sydney, 1870 (State Library of New South Wales)
Organ, installed 1880 (Organ Historical Trust of Australia)
"Organ Recital", Evening News (24 December 1880), 7
An interesting service and organ recital took place on Wednesday night at St. Barnabas' Church, Parramatta-street, on which ocoasion the Rev. Joseph Barnier read prayers, and preached an eloquent and impressive discourse on the duty of praising God . . . He gave a resume of the history of the organ from the single reed, on which it is supposed Tubal Cain played, down to the grand organ of modern times with its powerful bellows and its 1500 pipes. The organ, which they had that day consecrated to the praise of God, had cost about £95O, including the setting up. Mr. Stanley presided at the organ, and performed on it most efficiently an andante movement in A, an adagio from a trio by Beethoven, and a Te Deum by Graun. The choir also sang various pieces from Monk's unison service, some hymns and psalms from Mercer's Collection, and an anthem, How lovely are the dwellings, from Spohr. The collection in aid of the organ fund amounted to £12. The organ is a very fine instrument, and will greatly assist in sustaining and improving the choral portions of divine service in the Church of St. Barnabas.
"SACRED CHORAL ASSOCIATION", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 April 1884), 8
The Sacred Choral Association gave last night their second concert for the current year in the Protestant Hall, which in spite of the inclement weather was largely attended. The society chose for the first part an original oratorio, "David and the Philistines," by Mr. W. Stanley, one of the committee and conductors of the old Sacred Choral Association, formed some six years ago, preparatory to the first international exhibition in Sydney. The oratorio, which was performed for the first time in public, consists of an introduction and eight vocal numbers, and occupies about half an hour in performance. Mr. Stanley conducted, Mr. Albert Fisher was the pianist, and Mr. W. T. Sharp the organist. The chorus numbered about 60 voices. The principals were Misses Moon and Cowley, Messrs. Brewer, Peak and Hallowell. The words are selected from the scriptures. The instrumental introduction is in the sterling church music style, and though not striking in melody is genuine in composition. A short tenor recit follows, and leads into a chorus in F, 6-8 time, with an elaborate accompaniment suggesting the flight of the Philistines. The subject is well worked out and the change of key on the words, "The men of Israel and of Judah arose and slew the Philistines," is effective; there is a distinctly new treatment in the accompaniment. Again there is a return to the original key, with a new accompaniment, well worked to the close. No 3 is a tenor solo with a good melody in 3-4 lime, key A. The air is smooth and flowing. The delivery was, however, spoiled through the extreme hoarseness of the singer, Mr. Peak. Under favourable circumstances this would be an effective solo. No. 4, a short recit. for soprano, leads to the chorus of women; this is arranged first for soprani and alti singing antiphonally. Musically, this is the best number, and it was well sung. The attack of the soprano voices was far superior to that in the opening chorus. The alto voices begin "Saul hath slain his thousands," in a declamatory style. The sopranos answer, "And David his ten thousands." Finally the two sets of voices are heard reiterating each their own assertion. This is a bright, telling number, full of spirit. No. 6, "There is no King," a stately song for the bass, was allotted to Mr. Hallowell. From the first note there is a feeling of relief and confidence that the singer will bring out the best of the music. Every note is given with full value, in a scholarly manner, and with admirable effect. The song is rather laboured, and though it was very pleasant while being sung, there is nothing for the ear to carry away. The range required is extensive. Mr. Hallewell's rendering was excellent. No 7, an unaccompanied quartette, is the most ambitious number of the whole. It is troublesome to sing, and hardly grateful to the singers. There is a continual expectation of results which do not come. It is clever and original, but not melodious, and through over-elaboration the harmony at times is harsh. No. 8, the final chorus, has a really good theme, treated first in fugue style. It is throughout well constructed, and goes with spirit and vigour. The whole work is a musicianly effort, and is creditable to the composer. It was well sung. The subject of the Shepherd King has been set as a grand oratorio in 1854, or earlier, by Charles Edward Horsley, and again by Sir George Macfarren, for the recent Leeds Festival. Mr. Stanley's work was given with only harmonium and piano. From the organ score it appears that it is also arranged for orchestra, which would probably enhance the effect. Miss Moon sang the soprano recitative, and with Miss Cowley and Messrs. Brewer und Hallowell, the unaccompanied quartet, all the singers being in good voice. Mr. Stanley was warmly applauded on his appearance, during the progress, and at the conclusion of the work. The oratorio was followed by a concerto for the violoncello (No. 6 Rover) . . .
"Sacred Choral Association", Evening News (9 July 1884), 3
The Sacred Choral Association gave the third concert of the current season in the Protestant Hall last night. There was a large audience, which, judging from the applause that followed the rendition of each number on the programme, was a very appreciative one. The concert commenced with an additional solo and chorus, composed by Mr. W. Stanley since the performance of his oratorio, "David and the Philistines," in last April, and which are to be incorporated with the Oratorio. The solo and chorus are exceedingly creditable to the composer's originality and general musical ability . . .
[Advertisement], Evening News (24 December 1884), 8
MR. W. STANLEY, Professor of Music, has the honour of informing his friends and pupils that he intends taking a trip to Europe for the benefit of his health in the month of March next, and takes the opportunity of thanking the public for the support he has received during the many years he has lived in the colony of New South Wales, and hopes for a continuance of their favours on his return to Australia. TUITION will be RESUMSD after the Christmas Vacation, on MONDAY, January 5, and will be continued until March 14 inclusive. STANMORE-ROAD, South Kingston. December 23.
"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 October 1886), 1
DEWEY. - August 18, at Longfield Court, Fawkham, Kent, England, Phoebe, wife of Mr J. Dewey, and second beloved sister of Wm. Stanley, Professor of Music, Stanmore-road, Petersham.
Phoebe wife of John DEWEY died 18 August 1886 aged 63 (Inscriptions in the Churchyard at Longfield, Kent)
"A Jubilee Cantata", The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser (5 July 1887), 4
A Jubilee Cantata. The following lines (says Wednesday's Echo) were written by
Mr. E. Baly at the request of the well-known musician, Mr. William Stanley, who wished to set them to music. This his Jubilee Cantata will be sung by the St Barnabas's Musical Society on Monday evening with orchestral accompaniments:
What means that loud and hearty cheer
Which breaks upon the listening ear?
Why throng the busy streets to-day
The brave, the bold, the fair, the gay?
Each plays a part in this grand scene,
To render homage to their Queen . . .
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 February 1888), 18
MISS MABEL STANLEY, Pianiste, daughter of Professor Stanley, has resumed tuition in music. Circulars may be obtained at her residence, Stanmore-road, Petersham.
"Petersham Philharmonic Society", Evening News (4 February 1890), 3
Petersham Philharmonic Society. The abovenamed society gave the second concert of its first season at the Petersham Town Hall last night in the presence of a large audience. The first part of the programme consisted of a cantata by W. H. Birch, entitled 'Eveleen, the Rose of the Vale" and the second part comprised a miscellaneous selection of duets and vocal and instrumental solos. Mr. W. Stanley conducted, and his daughter, Miss Mabel Stanley, skilfully presided at the piano . . . The Myrtle Waltzes, composed by Mr. Stanley, were performed by the orchestra, and went with a swing sufficient to produce a commotion in a ballroom. The melodies of these waltzes are pretty, and they are nicely instrumented. The society possesses a very fair orchestra, and is fortunate in having secured the services of such a thoroughly competent musician and energetic conductor as Mr. W. Stanley. This fact may be regarded as an indication of the society's success in the future, for it is well known that Mr. Stanley is a skilful trainer, and will make the most of whatever talent may be placed at his disposal.
"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 November 1891), 1
JONES - October 1, 1891, at Eastbourne, England, Mrs. Ann Jones, in her 70th year, much regretted by her relatives and friends, eldest dearly beloved sister of Mr. William Stanley, Professor of Music, Stanmore-road, Petersham.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 January 1893), 13
MISS MABEL STANLEY, Teacher of Piano-forte, resumes Tuition on Monday, Stanm.-rd., P'sm.
"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 November 1900), 1
STANLEY. - November 4, 1900, Florence Emma, beloved eldest daughter of William Stanley, Professor of Music, Stanmore. At rest.
"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 September 1902), 1
STANLEY.- September 10, 1902, at his late residence, Leura, Morgan-street, Petersham, William Stanley, Professor of Music, beloved husband of the late Mary Ann Stanley, in his 83rd year. Home papers please copy.
"THE OLDEST PIANIST IN AUSTRALIA", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 September 1902), 8
It is with regret that we learn of the death of Mr. William Stanley, who was born at Windsor Castle on May 29, 1820. He was a son of the late organist of St. George's Chapel Royal Windsor, and was educated at the chapel where he remained until 1836. He started his musical career at the very early age of six years, and at the age of 10 he played solos at Rochester, in Kent, and performed at Windsor Castle before Queen Adelaide, both of these performances being his own compositions. He was also a singer at the funeral of the late King George IV. Shortly after this Mr. Stanley joined the army, having enlisted with the 80th Regiment under the command of Colonel Pitt of Chatham. In this regiment he served for about five years, after which he took his passage to Australia in charge of a vessel sent here by the home Government with prisoners on board, which arrived here about the year 1837. His first performance in Australia was at the opening of the original "Victoria Theatre" in the presence of the Governor at that time (Sir George Gipps), after which Mr. Stanley acted as accompanist to the late Madam Sara Flower the noted contralto, Miska Hansa [Hauser] the celebrated violinist, and Madam Anna Bishop the English soprano. He also played duos with Bolanger [Boulanger], the French pianist. Mr. Stanley s first appointment as an organist was at St. John's, Parramatta, during the time of the Rev. H. H. Bobart, where he remained for eight years. Later on Mr. Stanley was appointed organist to the Sydney Choral Association, and held the position of bandmaster to the first volunteer artillery band. He was also first lieutenant to the South Sydney Volunteers, for which corps he organised a band on his own account. He also held positions as organist to the following churches viz: St. Andrew's Cathedral for 16 years, St. Barnabas for seven years, and Christ Church, Sydney, for 12 years. Amongst some of Mr. Stanley's many excellent compositions are "Variations to God Save the King" an arrangement he wrote at the age of 8 1/2 years; two marches, one in C minor and the other in E flat, written at 10 years of age; an oratorio, "David and the Philistines", march and preludes to Handel's "Israel in Egypt", numbers of church anthems and chants, and over 100 various other pieces in addition to this he wrote a Jubilee Ode to celebrate the Jubilee of our late Queen Victoria, words by the late Edward Baly. In 1879-80, at the musical festival at the International Exhibition here, Mr Stanley conducted "The Messiah" and "Israel in Egypt" before an audience of 10,000 people and on the death of the late Charles Packer that composer's sacred cantata, "The Crown of Thorns", was completed by the late Mr. William Stanley. Mr. Stanley also held a high position in the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Stanley, who died at Petersham last week, was buried at Rookwood. He leaves a family of grown up children of three sons and two daughters.
"MISS MABEL STANLEY'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 December 1905), 8
The pupils of Miss Mabel Stanley, assisted by their teacher and other artists, gave a concert to a large audience at the Empire Hall, Gordon street, Petersham, on Tuesday evening. Considerable proficiency was exhibited by many of the pupils, who appeared to have been carefully trained. The vocal contributions of Miss Edith Hunt added to the general enjoyment, this artiste's renderng of "Roberto tu che Adoro" being marked by finish and good vocal quality. Mr. H. Hadley sang pleasingly, and Miss Stanley demonstrated her capacity as a pianist with Chopin's Polonaise from op. 22. An orchestra showed good training in several selections, including Farmer's "Un ballo in Maschcra" and "Guillaume Tell."
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (11 January 1908), 18
MISS MABEL STANLEY, teacher of piano, theory, painting, res. Jan. 15, Tasma, Durham-st, Dul.H.
Sands' Directory 1909-19
Miss L. Stanley, music teacher, George Street [Palings]
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 January 1947), 38
STANLEY, Louisa Susannah. - January 17, 1947 at a private hospital, daughter of the late Professor William Stanley (Stanmore) and sister of Mabel and James, of Prospect Road, Summer Hill.
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 August 1947), 16
STANLEY, Mabel Josephine. - August 23, 1947 at Hospital, daughter of the late Professor William Stanley (Stanmore) and sister of Louisa (deceased) and James, of 78 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.
Extant musical works
Tell him I love him yet (1850)
Tell him I love him yet, ballad, the music by William Stanley, sung by Miss Sara Flower with much applause at the Sydney concerts (Sydney: Printed and published for Mr. Stanley by J. T. Grocott, n.d. )
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-181784586 (National Library of Australia)
Tell him I love him yet . . . new edition (Sydney: Woolcott and Clarke, )
The Sydney polka (1851)
The Sydney polka (composed and respectfully dedicated to the Ladies of Sydney by William Stanley) (Sydney: H. Marsh, )
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-165950646 (National Library of Australia)
Eugenie schottische (1855)
Eugenie schottische (composed by W. Stanley) (Sydney: Woolcott and Clarke, ), in The Australian presentation album for 1855
Eugenie schottische (composed by W. Stanley) (MS copy dated 7 October 1857)
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-165870838 (National Library of Australia)
The Heliotrope mazurka (1857)
The Heliotrope mazurka (dedicated to Miss C. Joseph) (Sydney: J. R. Clarke, ), copies of the original 1857 edition also bound in Clarke's Australian musical album for 1863
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-181843172 (National Library of Australia)
Caroline Joseph (1841-1930), eldest daughter of the late Nathan Joseph, married Emanuel Mandelson in Sydney in February 1860
The Rose-Bay quadrilles (1857)
The Rose-Bay quadrilles (dedicated by permission to Miss Augusta Mitchell . . . ) (Sydney: J. R. Clarke, ), copies also bound in the Australian Album 1857
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-164692869 (National Library of Australia)
Augusta Mitchell (1834-1922), daughter of James and Augusta Mitchell, and sister of David Scott Mitchell (1836-1907), married Edward Christopher Merewether (1820-1893) in Sydney in 1860
The N.S.W. Volunteers Rifles quick march (1861)
The N.S.W. Volunteers Rifles quick march (dedicated to the Volunteer Rifles, South Sydney Company) (Sydney: J. R. Clarke, ), copies of the original 1861 edition also bound in Clarke's Australian musical album for 1863
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-164696576 (National Library of Australia)
We beseech thee almighty God (1871)
We beseech thee almighty God (anthem taken from the Collect for the Thurd Sunday in Lent, by W. Stanley, 27 January 1871); MS, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney; facsimile in Forsyth 2002, 505-10
Nicene creed (? c.1870s)
Nicence Creed (harmonized on the tonic by W. Stanley [undated]); MS, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney; facsimile in Forsyth 2002, 500-03
Te Deum and Jubilate in E flat (1873)
Te Deum and Jubilate in E flat (by W. Stanley, '73 ); MS, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney; facsimile in Forsyth 2002, 511-27
Sydney International Exhibition grand march (1879)
Sydney International Exhibition grand march (composed and arranged for the pianoforte, organ, military band, and orchestra by William Stanley) (Sydney: John Sands, 1879)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/22795234 (National Library of Australia)
Bay View gavotte (1893)
Bay View gavotte (composed and dedicated to his pupil Miss Lena Wells by William Stanley) (Sydney: W. H. Paling, )
http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/15227777 (National Library of Australia)
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-164768895 (National Library of Australia)
The Rose Bay Quadrilles (by William Stanley, edited by Peter Sculthorpe) (London: Faber Music, 1989)
See also sound recordings of Sculthorpe edition at
According to Sculthorpe, the original work was "commissioned by David Cooper to mark the laying of the foundation stone of Woollahra House on December 15, 1856". Rather, it was for Daniel Cooper (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly) that the Governor, laid a foundation stone for the mansion Cooper intended building at Point Piper, in place of Henrietta Villa. Reports in the press noted that two bands were present and played at the event and later at the reception and dance for guests at Cooper's then residence, Rose Bay House. Cooper left for England in 1861 before the house was completed. Woollahra House was finished to a new design in 1883 for Daniel's son William. It was demolished in 1929. Whether or not the quadrilles were composed or played for Cooper, Stanley dedicated them on publication that same month, December 1856, to Augusta Mitchell (1834-1922), daughter of James and Augusta Mitchell.
Edmund H. Fellowes, Organists and masters of the choristers of St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle (Windsor: St. George's Chapel, 1939; 1974), 67-68
Edmund H. Fellowes and Elisabeth R. Poyser (eds.), The baptism, marriage, and burial registers of St. George's Chapel, Windsor (Windsor: For the Dean and canons of St. George's Chapel by Oxley, 1957), 42
Orchard 1952, 31, 52, 102, 172
Rushworth 1988, 272, 292
To Joan Stanley, William's great-great grand-daughter, for sharing the results of her family history research (2015-ongoing).
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