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.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Six of the Best: William Byrd recordings

'The Very Best of English Song' is a compilation of music on the EMI classics label. I have chosen this for the single Byrd track from the 2 CD set. 'Elegy on the death of Thomas Tallis' (otherwise known as 'Ye Sacred Muses') was composed by Byrd in honour of his great friend. Michael Chance's performance is really something. Worth going to Amazon to buy this collection.

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