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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.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Six of the Best: William Byrd recordings

This seven disc box set is a bargain. It features, as it says, 'The Complete Keyboard Music' of William Byrd performed on various instruments by Davitt Moroney. Some pieces were recorded at Ingatestone Hall. The box set comes complete with a 195 page booklet giving details of the pieces and a biographical account of William Byrd. My favourite piece is 'The Bells'.

Our organist, John Hatt, will be playing three keyboard pieces at the service at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey (9am) on Sunday 8 May:
- 'Lord Willobies Welcome Home' from 'My Lady Nevells Booke of Virginal Music
- 'Monsieurs Alman'
- 'Fantasia' from 'Fitzwilliam Virginal Book'

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