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.

Monday, 14 February 2011

What's Your Favourite?

A survey has begun at Stondon Massey and Blackmore parish churches to find out what are peoples' favourite hymns. A Top Ten will be compiled to be sung at a special service on Sunday 15 May to close the William Byrd Festival.

Anyone can vote. Send us your three favourite hymns and we will add the titles onto the spreadsheet. (Use the comments field below?)

The last poll was carried out in 2004 for a Service which closed the Flower Festival at the Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore. Then the Top Ten were: (1) And Did Those Feet (Jerusalem); (2) Lord The Light Of Your Light Is Shining (Shine Jesus Shine); (3) O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art); (4) All Things Bright and Beautiful; (5) Be Still For The Presence of The Lord; (6) Praise My Soul The King of Heaven; (7) I The Lord of Sea and Sky; (8) I Vow To Thee My Country; (9) Amazing Grace; (10) Love Divine All Love's Excelling.

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