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.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Six of the Best: William Byrd recordings

For a great introduction to Byrd's music you cannot go wrong with the budget priced and nicely recorded disc on the Naxos label entitled 'Byrd. Consort and Keyboard Music Songs and Anthems'. It features the Rose Consort of Viols, with that rich warm sound of Elizabethan England, and Red Byrd. Tessa Bonner sings on four of the 17 tracks.

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