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Upcoming Concerts at Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming events

Stanborough Chorus: A Celebration of Christmas **CANCELLED**

Saturday 15th December, 19:30 |

Unfortunately this concert has been cancelled

Celebration of Christmas

Sunday 16th December 3pm |

A service of choir and congregational hymns, scripture readings and prayers led by Fr. Thomas Regan O.S.B. With the Dartington Community Choir, in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Starting at 3pm

Festival Carol Service

Saturday 22nd December, 3.00pm |

A sequence of seasonal music and readings for Christmas sung by the choir of Buckfast Abbey.

Organ Recital: La Nativité du Seigneur

Sun 6th January 2019, 16:00 |

International recitalist Richard Lester performs Olivier Messiaen's organ mediation inspired by the birth of Christ. Each movement of La Nativité serves as a musical commentary on a different aspect of the Christmas story. There will be a short pre-recital talk at 15:15 in the Monastic Guest Hall about this fascinating work.

Brent Singers: A Holocaust Cantata

Saturday 26th January 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

On the eve of Holcaust Memorial Day, Brent Singers join with the Choristers of Buckfast Abbey for an emotive performance of Philip Awkright's Holocaust Cantata, Shoah.

Dartington Community Choir: Music for Voices, Organ and Cello

Saturday 2nd March 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Matthew Coleridge, who is conducting this concert, wrote his Requiem in 2015. This melodic, deeply moving, quietly powerful and intensely beautiful work weaves vocal harmonies and soaring cello lines into rich tapestries of sound. Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs sets four Easter poems by George Herbert for baritone solo and choir, the best known being 'Let all the World in every corner sing'.

Voces: Have Mercy

Saturday 16th March 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Beauty, penitence and redemption reflected in acapella choral music of the 16th century.

Brent Singers: Fauré Requiem & other works

Saturday 13th April 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Fauré's sonorous Requiem (in the original chamber orchestration) is performed alongside music by Maurice Duruflé, Camille Saint-Saëns and others.

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Timothy Parsons

Monday 6th May 2019, 14:30 |

Timothy Parsons, Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, performs a popular programme including William Walton's Suite from Henry V, Bach's monumental Passacaglia, and Timothy's own transcription of the Cavatina from Beethoven's String Quartet in B flat, Op. 130.

Early Music Collective: Bach Motets

Saturday 25th May 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

The Motets are considered the pinnacle of the Baroque choral repertoire and are amongst the most celebrated and formidable music of the period. They radiate deep abiding faith and confidence in the Almighty and offer great spiritual sustenance in time of human difficulty. The opportunity to hear all six live is rare and one not to be missed.

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Ben Horden

Monday 27th May 2019, 14:30 |

From virtuosic orchestral transcriptions to works from some of the organ repertory’s most recognised contributors, as well as a wild-card ending, this recital will be sure to put the Abbey's organ through its paces!

Alvington Singers: French Choral Classics

Saturday 15th June 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

The Alvington Singers perform Fauré's Requiem alongside other French choral music including pieces by Olivier Messiaen, César Franck, Alexandre Guilmant and François Couperin.

Abbey Choir: Mozart Mass and Vespers

Saturday 27th July 2019. 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir and Orchestra for a summer evening in the company of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will perform the Mass in C minor and the Vesperae solennes de confessore.

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Mark James & Alberto Brigandì

Monday 26th August 2019, 14:30 |

A rare opportunity to hear Verdi's masterful Requiem performed in this version for two organists (four hands and four feet!)

Rotary Choir: Come and Sing Charity Concert

Saturday 7th September 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Join over 150 voices to perform Mozart's magnificent Requiem, together with other sacred music. Register with the Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfastleigh on 01626 437308 to sing, or just come and enjoy the concert!

Music for Male Voice Choir

Sunday 29th September 2019, 16:30 |

Rushmoor Male Voice Choir present an eclectic programme of sacred music including an arrangement of Mozart's Ave Verum corpus by Morley Glover which was commissioned by one of our baritones, Mark Sleep, to celebrate the life of choir baritone Niall Shalloe.

West Devon Chorale: Choral Classics

Saturday 5th October 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

A programme featuring two major unaccompanied choral works of the twentieth century, the hauntingly beautiful Requiem by Ildebrando Pizzetti of 1922 and the Missa Rigensis, the startlingly original mass setting written in 2003 by Latvian Ugis Praulins.

Collati Singers: Music by Palestrina, Rachmaninov and Bernstein

Saturday 2nd November 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Palestrina’s Missa Brevis is perhaps the most performed of his mass settings. Rachmaninov’s choral works are influenced by the music of the Russian orthodox church. 2018 was the centenary of Bernstein’s birth and the Chichester Psalms remain one of his most popular pieces.

Voces: On This Rock

Saturday 16th November 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Following closely from the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, this concert focuses on music written by the Lateran's various musical directors during the Renaissance era, and particularly on music written for the dedication of a church. St John Lateran is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome and the oldest public church in that city, dedicated in AD 324. It played a large part in the musical life of the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century, and its alumni include Palestrina, Lassus, Anerio, and Dragoni.

RSCM Advent Carol Service

Saturday 30th November 2019, 16:30 |

A 'Come and Sing' Carol Service for Advent sung by associated choirs of the Royal School of Church Music.

Exeter Chamber Choir: A Celebration of Christmas

Saturday 7th December 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Exeter Chamber Choir present an a capella concert in celebration of the festive season.

Primrose Carol Service

Sunday 8th December 2019, 15:00 |

Stanborough Chorus lead a service of popular carols, raising money for the Primrose Foundation.

Abbey Choir: Handel Messiah

Saturday 14th December 2019, 19:30, Saturday 14th December 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir and orchestra for a performance of Handel's great oratorio, Messiah.

Rowcroft Carol Service

Sunday 15th December 2019, 15:00 |

Dartington Community Choir lead a Carol Service that celebrates the efforts of all those associated with the Rowcroft Hospice, staff, volunteers, patients and their families. We would like to take time at this service to remember all these people during the busyness of preparing for Christmas.

Organ Music for Christmas

Saturday 21st December 2019, 15:00 |

A popular Christmas Organ Recital showcasing the Abbey's magnificent instrument in seasonal music by Daquin, Bach, Hollins and Thomas Trotter's arrangement of Sleigh Ride!

Festival Carol Service

Sunday 22nd December 2019, 15:00 |

A sequence of seasonal music and readings for Christmas, sung by the Abbey Choir.

Commemoration of All Souls - 2nd November 2018

On the eve of All Souls the graves of past members of the Community are lighted with lamps. Following the Conventual Mass the Monastic Cemetery is blessed.

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The doctrine of the Trinity contains within it the reason for the uniqueness of humanity’s relationship with God – Jesus, being true God and true man unites divinity ...

Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

Jesus says that we must love others as he loves us. We must think about what he might mean by this. In the first place we know that he showed his love by allowing ...

Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

Living as a Christian means wanting to be a complete human being. We easily think of the Christian claim that Jesus is God, but we should also think that Jesus is a human being in the fullest ...

Stanborough Chorus: A Celebration of Christmas **CANCELLED**

Unfortunately this concert has been cancelled

Celebration of Christmas

A service of choir and congregational hymns, scripture readings and prayers led by Fr. Thomas Regan O.S.B. With the Dartington Community Choir, in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Starting at 3pm

Festival Carol Service

A sequence of seasonal music and readings for Christmas sung by the choir of Buckfast Abbey.