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.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sunday Service introduces William Byrd Festival to congregation

Members of the congregation will hear music by William Byrd, “England’s greatest composer”, this morning. Two movements from the 'Mass for Three Voices', written just before Byrd moved to Stondon, will be played during the administration of Holy Communion. The recording is taken from Cardinalls Musick’s disc.

Following the service two new books will go on sale for the first time. These have been produced to coincide with the Festival which officially begins next Saturday (7 May). ‘William Byrd: Some Notes’, is now in its third edition, and ‘Revd. Edward Henry Lisle Reeve. The Last Gentleman Clergyman of Stondon Massey (Essex)’ is completely new. The latter is a biography of the priest and local historian who did so much about 100 years ago to promote Byrd’s cause. Both books are on sale price £2 each (£3 if posted to UK addresses).

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