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.

Monday, 9 May 2011

The Queen's Speech

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).

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