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, 21 April 2011

Six of the Best: William Byrd recordings

The Cardinall's Musick, under the direction of Andrew Carwood, completed the entire corpus of Byrd's Latin-text music last year with the Gramophone award winning disc 'In Felix Ego'. The fifth of the thirteen discs features the Mass for Three, Four and Five Voices, probably the most performed of all Byrd's music.

The Writtle Singers will perform the Mass for Four Voices in its entirety at their concert entitled 'William Byrd: Loyal Heart or Traitor' as part of the William Byrd Festival at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey on Saturday 14 May (7.30pm).

The previous week the Masses feature among the musical illustrations to be given by the Stondon Singers when Richard Turbet talks on 'William Byrd: His Essex Years'.

If there is one Byrd CD to own, this is the one.

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