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.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Byrd in America

The 14th William Byrd Festival begins in Portland, Oregon today (technically tomorrow if you are in England).  For more information visit www.byrdfestival.org . We would love to hear from anyone who is attending the three-weekend event.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Antique and Tea Shop stocks Byrd book


‘William Byrd: Some Notes’ is just one of many titles now available from Megarry’s Antique and Tea Shop on The Green at Blackmore (open Wednesdays through to Sundays).  Judy, the owner, has given some space over to the sale of books in aid of church funds, which are £2.00 each.  Megarry’s is a traditional antique shop which has tea and cake available for those who wish to stay a while.  The owner has been awarded the top (five star) rating for food preparation and hygiene from the local authority.  Books available also include, in an ever changing selection:  ‘A Short History of Stondon Massey’.  For more information on Megarry’s follow this link: http://www.teashopblackmore.co.uk/essex_antiques.htm