Welcome to our Festival blog

We are a small congregation who organised a highly successful 'William Byrd Festival' in May 2011 to celebrate the life and work of the village's Elizabethan composer, William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623). In 2012 we played host to the world-famous choir The Cardinall's Musick under their director Andrew Carwood.

This website contains everything you need to know about William Byrd and his links with Stondon Massey. The church is open for services, of course, and on the second Sunday afternoon in the month during the summer.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Festival Mention in Magazine

William Byrd, "one of the indisputable giants of Renaissance music", is the Great Composer featured in the January 2011 edition of the Classic fm magazine published today. The article mentions the forthcoming 'William Byrd Festival' at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey (Essex), an invitation to visit the Memorial Tablet (though please contact beforehand, because the church is usually locked), and a photograph of the small Norman church which we should emphasise is in a small village, not a town, of about 600 residents.

The William Byrd Festival is being held in support of repairs and maintenance to the church and its surroundings.

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