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.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Stondon Singers: Double Byrd Bill

A very large audience was at the Stondon Singers spring concert yesterday evening at Blackmore Church in a programme which included the ever-popular 'Faure's Requiem'. The Singers next two concerts are both at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey, and feature the music of William Byrd.

They write, "On May 7 2011 The Stondon Singers will perform at both a Matinee and Evening Concert / Lecture as part of the William Byrd Festival.

"Richard Turbet, a renowned and published authority on William Byrd will lecture on 'William Byrd - His Essex Years' along with musical illustration provided by the singers. Tickets may be in short supply so book early".

Many who came to the Concert took home ticket application forms.

After the Festival, the Stondon Singers will present their annual 'William Byrd Memorial Concert' which this year will be held on Tuesday 5 July starting at 8.00pm.

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