Thursday, 3 April 2008

Stondon Massey: Sacred Music on BBC FOUR and 'Through Changing Scenes' at St Peter & St Paul Church. An update

Stondon Massey (Essex) will be on television tomorrow. The third programme in the series ‘Sacred Music’ (BBC FOUR. Friday 4 April. 8pm) features ‘Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors’. William Byrd lived for the last thirty years of his life at Stondon and was buried in the churchyard. We can expect a re-enactment of his burial in the film. The programme features music by the acclaimed choir, ‘The Sixteen’, recorded at Waltham Abbey. Andy King Dabbs, producer and director, spent five and a half hours with his film crew at Stondon Massey last autumn.

Meanwhile tickets for ‘Through Changing Scenes – a history of Stondon Massey church and village in words and music’ are on sale. There will now be two performances at St Peter & St Paul Church on Saturday 19 April: one at 7.30pm, and an additional performance at short notice at 4.00pm. The church holds only 80 people and demand for tickets has been higher than anticipated. See elsewhere on ‘Blackmore Area Local History’ for details.

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