Reference has been made to the “Queen’s Speech” at Tilbury in another post, but it is ‘The King’s Speech’ which comes out on DVD today. The critically acclaimed film is from an entirely different era to that of Queen Elizabeth I portraying the Duke of York’s (later to become King George VI) struggle with his speech impediment. In the early stages of the film Lionel Logue gets Bertie to sing as a means of treating his stammer. William Byrd when he set out his reasons why men should learn to sing (in 1588) suggested that it was a means of resolving a stammer. He wished that ‘every man should learne to sing’.
Next Sunday (15 May) the William Byrd Festival concludes with a service of Favourite Hymns, at both Stondon Massey (9am) and Blackmore (11am).