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, 17 April 2011

Lord Petre coming to Byrd matinee

We are delighted that John, the 18th Baron Petre of Ingatestone will be coming to the 4pm performance of 'William Byrd: His Essex Years' at St Peter & St Paul Church on Saturday 7 May.

The Petre family are synonymous with William Byrd, the Catholic composer and musician. William Petre was Byrd's patron.

'William Byrd: His Essex Years' will be a recital given by the Stondon Singers (under their conductor Christopher Tinker) with Richard Turbet, our special guest and Byrd expert, providing a narrative to the life and times of the musician in and around Stondon Massey.

Tickets for the event cost £12.50.

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