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Events at Buckfast Abbey

Saturday 24th February, 19:30

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Vivaldi: Gloria
The wonderfully sunny Gloria is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal to singers and audiences alike

Saturday 9th March, 7:30pm

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Faith, hope and love
A programme of music suited to Lent from Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude to Barber’s Agnus Dei, via Purcell, Lotti, Duruflé, Messiaen and Walton

Saturday 16th March

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Italian Night at Northgate Hotel
Experience dishes from around the world

Saturday 23rd March, 7:30pm

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Bach: St John Passion
Following on from the success of their Mass in B minor in 2023, the University of Exeter Chapel Choir presents one of the most evocative settings of t

Saturday 6th April, 7:30pm

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Fauré: Requiem
Marking the centenary of Fauré’s death, Brent Singers performs his atmospheric Requiem alongside Vaughan Williams’ setting of George Herbert’s

8th - 12th April

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Priests’ Retreat

Join us for reflection and relaxation with fellow priests.

Four nights half board from £400

Various Dates

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Community Bee Keeping Days
These informal afternoons will include some bee keeping and some gardening.

Friday 26th April, 19:00

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The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night – April
The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night at the Schiller Hall – price inclusive of Curry

April 27th until June 15th

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Introduction to Beekeeping 2024
This is an 8-week course from April 27th until June 15th. All lessons are on Saturday mornings between 10am until 1pm.

Saturday 4th May, 19:30

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Rutter: Magnificat
Rutter’s exuberant setting of the Magnificat is at the heart of Collati’s spring concert, complemented by Bach’s motet Singet dem Herrn

Monday 6th May, 13:30

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Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Andrew Reid

6th - 10th May 2024

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Creation Retreat

Led by: Paula Pearce 

Creation in the light of Franciscan thought and mission.

Four nights half board from £525

17th - 19th May 2024

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Vocation Retreat
We are delighted to announce that Buckfast Abbey will be hosting a Vocation Retreat 17th – 19th May.

Saturday 18th May, 19:30

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Toward the unknown region
Alvington Singers performs an eclectic programme featuring the title piece Toward the Unknown Region by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Monday 27th May, 13:30

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Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Iain Simcock
Iain Simcock’s distinguished career has established his name on the world stage.

Saturday 1st June, 19:30

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O sacrum convivium!
On the eve of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Abbey Choir gives a concert of music associated with the feast of the Blessed Sacrament.

6th June 10am - 4pm

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Honey Bee Experience Days – 6th June
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

22nd June 10am - 4pm

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Honey Bee Experience Days – 22nd June
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

Saturday 22nd June, 19:30

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Grand-Orgue Recital: Jeremy Filsell
Jeremy Filsell’s musical eminence as a pianist and organist is attested by his having forged an illustrious career on both sides of the Atlantic.

Saturday 29th June, 19:30

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Missa Salve regina
Torbay Singers performs Langlais’s dramatic Missa Salve regina for choir, organ and brass.

Saturday 6th July, 19:30

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Coronation Anthems
Brent Singers performs Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the glorious acoustic of Buckfast Abbey.

11th July 10am - 4pm

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Honey Bee Experience Days – 11th July
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

Saturday 13th July, 19:30

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Grand-Orgue Recital: Simon Johnson
Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, Simon Johnson, presents a programme illustrating the breadth of French organ music, together with some works

July 19th 10am - 4pm

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Honey Bee Experience Days – 19th July
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

Monday 26th August, 13:30

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Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Alexander Ffinch
Demonstrating how the organ has often lent itself to giving vivid accounts of orchestral music, Alexander Ffinch’s programme includes the movement J

Saturday 21st September, 19:30

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Grand-Orgue Recital: Loreto Aramendi
International virtuoso Loreto Aramendi performs works by Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Franck and Tournemire.

Saturday 5th October, 19:30

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Messe brève
West Devon Chorale returns to Buckfast with an eclectic programme including Yves Castagnet’s scintillating Messe brève.

Saturday 12th October, 19:30

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Grand-Orgue Recital: Charles Maxtone-Smith
In his inaugural recital, Charles Maxtone-Smith plays Baroque and 20th century works including Franz Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale “Ad no

14th - 18th October 2024

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Gardeners’ Retreat

Time to be refreshed in mind, body and soul. Includes day trips to the Lost Gardens of Helicon and the Eden Project.

Four nights half board f

Saturday 19th October, 19:30

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Poulenc: Gloria
Collati Singers performs Palestrina’s Missa Ascendo ad Patrem meum and Poulenc’s celebrated setting of the Gloria.

Friday 25th October, 19:00

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The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz – October
The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night at the Schiller Hall – price inclusive of Curry

Saturday 2nd November, 19:30

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Duruflé: Requiem
On the day when the Church marks the commemoration of the faithful departed, the Abbey Choir is joined by the Southern Sinfonia for a performance of D

Saturday 16th November, 19:30

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Before the ending of the day
South West Chamber Choir performs a programme on the theme of eventide, the losing of those we love and our own closing years…

Saturday 30th November, 16:30

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Come & Sing Advent Carol Service
A ‘come and sing’ Carol Service on the eve of Advent Sunday, including popular hymns and carols in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Nativ

Saturday 7th December, 19:30

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O magnum mysterium
Reflecting on and celebrating the approach of Christmas, the voices of Exeter Chamber Choir are swelled by the glorious sound of brass in carols and s

Saturday 14th December, 19:30

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A Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols was written in 1942 during a sea voyage from the United States to England.

Saturday 21st December, 15:00

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Festival Carol Service
In the final days of our Advent journey, Buckfast Abbey presents a sequence of readings, traditional Christmas carols and choral music sung by the Abb

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