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.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Welcome to the William Byrd Festival.

The Rector of Stondon Massey writes:

The William Byrd Festival: A celebration and thanksgiving through words and music.

A very warm welcome is extended to you all who are able to share this celebration. I hope we have the opportunity to meet up personally over these two festival weekends and get to know each other a little better.

The Church of St. Peter and St Paul in Stondon Massey continues to provide us with a very special atmosphere of worship and prayer, past and present.

Since 1130, St Peter and St Paul Church has offered tranquillity, an oasis in the desert for all who enter the building. It is steeped in history and we are very privileged to celebrate the link we have with William Byrd who was one of the greatest Elizabethan composers and a resident in Stondon for the last 30 years of his life.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church has a very loving and committed congregation who love to share the old traditions along with the new things of today. We are also very mindful of the many faithful and departed over the past nearly 900 years, who have soaked this building with prayer which has left it with the atmosphere we enjoy today.

I hope you enjoy the experience and that your visit will prompt you to returning once again into this sacred space.

Thank you to those who have worked so hard together in bringing this festival to our community and I pray that you will be greatly blessed through it.

Yours in Christ

Reverend Toni Smith. Rector of Stondon Massey.

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