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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.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

BBC FOUR Schedule Byrd Programme for Eve of Festival

BBC FOUR will be televising 'Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors' on the eve of the William Byrd Festival. The programme, which is the third of four parts in Series 1, was first broadcast in April 2008 and features the life and work of two great Elizabethan Essex composers: Thomas Tallis (c1505 - 1585) who was one-time organist at Waltham Abbey, and our William Byrd (c1540 - 1623) originally from Lincoln, then Harlington in Middlesex, and latterly Stondon Massey.

The presenter is Simon Russell-Beale, with The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers.

This is a fabulous piece of scheduling by the BBC. The programme will, of course, be available on the I Player over the first week of Stondon's William Byrd Festival. This is a happy coincidence!

BBC FOUR. Friday 6 May 2011. 7.30 - 8.30pm.

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