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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, 14 March 2012

BBC Music Magazine feature Cardinall's Musick

Renaissance sacred choral music is the theme of the BBC Music Magazine cover disc for April 2012 (published today).  Cardinall’s Musick, under the direction of Andrew Carwood, sing works by Byrd and Tallis recorded at the Kilkenny Arts Festival (August 2010) and St John’s College, Cambridge (June 2011).  Highlight works by Byrd are ‘Infelix ego’ and ‘Iustorum animae’ (perhaps misspelt on other discs with a letter ‘J’ for ‘Justorum’ – I learned recently that the letter ‘J’ does not exist in the23-letter Latin alphabet).

The disc also mentions the group’s celebration of Byrd’s Latin music throughout 2012 in a series of concerts “that takes in a series of venues and historical locations linked to the great English composer”.  This includes Stondon Massey Church in Essex on Sunday 2 September.  There is an advertisement on page 113 listing the entire ‘Byrd Tour 2012’ giving website connections for each place.

If you are interested in tickets for St Peter and St Paul Church – there are only 70 available per performance – or would like further information, please e mail. 

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