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.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Six of the Best: William Byrd recordings

In 1923 Reverend Reeve of Stondon Massey attended the Tercentenary celebrations of William Byrd's death in London. At Westminster Abbey he heard for the first time the rediscovered 'Great Service' of Anglican music performed by 200 voices. The manuscript had been found in Durham Cathedral library and then edited for performance by Edmund Fellowes. This disc, by the Choir of Westminster Abbey under conductor James O'Donnell, includes the setting for the Morning and Evening Services plus a scattering of anthems.

Two movements from the disc will be played at the William Byrd Service (BCP Matins) at Stondon Massey on Sunday 8 May at 9.00am.

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