The Writtle Singers with Christine Gwynn (left) just before their production 'William Byrd: Loyal Heart or Traitor?' (14 May 2011).
The audience arrive
Candlelit church provides a lovely atmosphere for music by Stondon's composer, William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
The event was a narrative interspersed with Byrd song.
Interval refreshments. Many of the audience enjoy their wine and nibbles in the churchyard.
Festival Organiser and Master of Ceremonies Andrew Smith at the end of the production quotes from William Byrd's Will: "... that I may live and die a true and perfect member of His holy Catholic Church without which I believe there is no salvation for me. My body to be honestly buried in that parish and place where it shall please God to take me out of this life which I humbly desire if it shall please God may be in the parish of Stondon where my dwelling is ... "