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.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Cardinall's Musick at Stondon: 2 September 2012

The Cardinall's Musick
coming to Stondon Massey
where William Byrd lived until 1623

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Cardinall's Musick tickets now on sale

The internationally recognised choir, Cardinall’s Musick, has included St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey, as a key venue in their celebration of the music of renaissance composer William Byrd.  Their “Byrd Tour”, which began in March and continues through to Christmas, visits a number of places both large and small.  Andrew Carwood, the director of Cardinall’s Musick, was particularly keen to include Stondon Massey on the tour because of the composer’s close association with the Essex village.  Byrd is thought to have been buried in the parish churchyard.

The Choir will be performing two concerts containing different programmes, commencing at 3.00pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 2 September 2012 at the church.  The first concert will include a performance on the Mass for Three Voices.  The second concert will concentrate on Byrd’s motets. Each concert will last about an hour without an interval.  Refreshments will be served.  Tickets are £10.00 each for each concert and are now available online from the Civic Theatre Box Office in Chelmsford (by phone on 01245 606606, in person at Fairfield Road, Chelmsford and online at http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=10086&ayear=2012&amonth=9&aday=1).  A small number of tickets (20 of the 70) will be available for local sale, and posters and handbills will arrive shortly for publicity.  We will be taking bookings for both concerts shortly. Contact me for further information.