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, 24 April 2011
Six of the Best: William Byrd recordings
'Music for a Hidden Chapel' recalls the clandestine performances of Byrd's music in the great Catholic houses of such places as Ingatestone Hall in Essex. This disc includes Easter music taken from the composer's Gradualia cycle of 1607 dedicated to his patron Lord Petre of Ingatestone. Chanticleer are the performers.