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Music at Buckfast Abbey

Forthcoming Concerts at Buckfast Abbey

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Timothy Parsons

Monday 6th May 2019, 14:30 | Free Entry

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 | Free Entry

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.

Grand-Orgue Recital: Peter Stevens

Saturday 13th July 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and former Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge performs a exquisite programme including Charles-Marie Widor's Symphonie Romane, Cesar Franck's Choral No. 1 and Marcel Dupre's Deuxième Symphonie. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

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. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Grand-Orgue Recital: Olivier Latry

Saturday 10th August 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

Hailed as "one of the brightest stars of the organ world", Olivier Latry performs a virtuosic programme centred around the music of Bach and those who have paid him homage. The concert includes the Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (after the piano version by Franz Liszt) plus music by Widor, Schumann, Saint-Saëns and others. Known for his consummate skill in extemporisation, Latry will end the evening with an improvisation. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Mark James & Alberto Brigandì

Monday 26th August 2019, 14:30 | Free Entry

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!

Grand-Orgue Recital: James O’Donnell

Saturday 21st September 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

Organist & Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell presents a thrilling programme including J. S. Bach's Partita diverse sopra ‘Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig’, extracts from Messiaen's cycle L'Ascension, culminating in Maurice Duruflé's Suite, Op. 5. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Music for Male Voice Choir

Sunday 29th September 2019, 16:30 | Free Entry

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.

Grand-Orgue Recital: David Davies

Saturday 19th October 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

David Davies gives his inaugural recital as Organist at Buckfast. His virtuosic programme includes Joseph Jongen's Sonata Eroïca, Jehan Alain's Trois Danses, and music by Saint-Saëns and Langlais. The concert concludes with Julius Reubke's mighty Sonata on the 94th Psalm. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

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. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

RSCM Advent Carol Service

Saturday 30th November 2019, 16:30 | Free Entry

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 | Free Entry

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

Abbey Choir: Handel Messiah

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

Join the Abbey Choir and orchestra for a performance of Handel's great oratorio, Messiah. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Rowcroft Carol Service

Sunday 15th December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

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 | Free Entry

A popular Christmas Organ Recital, given by Assistant Master of the Music Matthew Searles, 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 | Free Entry

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

Palm Sunday

Blessing of Palms

Westminster Cathedral Choir School presentation

During break in rehearsals the boys of Westminster Cathedral Choir School wanted to sing some plain chant they had been preparing. Father Francis Superior of the monastery, was delighted to hear a wonderful rendition of Vexilla Regis, a Latin hymn first performed of the 19th of November 569 AD, and following that they were kind enough to present to him a copy of their latest CD

Visit Dartmoor Members Day Wednesday 6th March 2019

Visit Dartmoor Members Day was held at the Conference Centre at Buckfast Abbey where there were presentations by Jo Butler of Visit Dartmoor, Bill Hitchens and Rebecca Martin of Dartmoor National Park Authority, followed by Garden Tours and guided tours of the Bell Tower.

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Good Friday Services

Good Friday Service at Buckfast Abbey

Holy Saturday Services

Holy Saturday Services

Easter Sunday Services

Easter Sunday Service