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, 12 April 2011

William Byrd Festival: "Fringe Events"

Two extra dates for your diary.

On Sunday 1 May the 9am Holy Communion service at St Peter & St Paul Church Stondon Massey will include music by William Byrd on disc. It will also be the launch date for two new booklets: 'William Byrd: Some Notes', and 'Revd. Edward Henry Lisle Reeve. The Last Gentleman Clergyman of Stondon Massey'. More about the Edwardian Rector will be published on this site shortly.

Then on Sunday 8 May, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, the church throws open its doors to visitors on the first of its 'second Sunday in the month' open afternoons. Come and see the William Byrd Memorial, a copy of his last will and testament. Listen to music by the great composer, and have a cup of tea. The church will also be open in 2011 on Sunday 12 June, Sunday 14 August, and Sunday 11 September.

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