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Upcoming Events

Exeter Chamber Choir: A Celebration of Christmas

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

Exeter Chamber Choir present a fanfare for the festive season, featuring a brass quartet. The programme includes the Schütz German Magnificat, motets by Herzogenberg and traditional carols ...

 

*CANCELLED* Primrose Carol Service

Sunday 8th December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

Please note that this event has now been cancelled.

 

Christmas Wreath Making 3rd Date

Monday 9th December 2019 | £15.00

Christmas Wreath Making.
A whole variety of foliage and ideas for different wreaths. Includes festive refreshments. £15 pp - includes all materials and refreshments.

A minimum of 6 part...

 

Oaks and Acorns - Christmas Special 1

Tuesday December 10th 10:30am - 12noon | £2.50

'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands ...

 

Christmas Table Decorations December 2019

Wednesday 11th December 2019 | £15.00

Christmas Table Decorations
Our home made table decorations, again with copious foliage choices. £15pp includes all materials and refreshments. (If this workshop fills then it will also be...

 

Christmas Table Decorations December 2nd Date

Thursday 12th December 2019 | £15.00

Christmas Table Decorations - 2nd Date
Our home made table decorations, again with copious foliage choices. £15pp includes all materials and refreshments.

 

Abbey Choir: Handel Messiah

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

This concert has now SOLD OUT

Join the Abbey Choir and orchestra for a performance of Handel's great oratorio, Messiah. Since its premiere in 1742, it has been a mainstay of the ch...

 

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 t...

 

Oaks and Acorns - Christmas Special 2

Tuesday December 17th 10:30am - 12noon | £2.50

'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands ...

 

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 an arr...

 

Festival Advent Carol Service

Sunday 22nd December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

In the final days of our Advent journey, Buckfast Abbey presents a sequence of readings, traditional Advent carols and choral music sung by the Abbey Choir.

 

Dartington Community Choir: I was Glad!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

A concert of uplifting music for voices, organ and soloists including Hubert Parry's I was glad and David Willcocks' arrangement of Widor's Toccata for voices: Sing!

Darting...

 

Trois leçons de ténèbres

Saturday 14th March 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Couperin's three haunting settings of texts from the Old Testament Book of Lamentations are an undisputed peak of baroque vocal music. The Leçons, performed by candlelight, will be interspe...

 

Beginners Beekeeping Course - Group A

Various Dates from March to June | £110.00

We are running 3 separate beginners courses this year and we will be limiting each one to 10 students per group. They will be jointly tutored by Martin and Clare and so during the “hands o...

 

Beginners Beekeeping Course - Group B

Various Dates from March to June | £110.00

We are running 3 separate beginners courses this year and we will be limiting each one to 10 students per group. They will be jointly tutored by Martin and Clare and so during the “hands o...

 

South West Chamber Choir: God's Grandeur

Saturday 21st March 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

A programme of sacred choral works by contemporary composers from Devon and Cornwall, including Requiem for Peace by Andrew Wilson and St Eustachius Triptych by Russell Pascoe....

 

Beginners Beekeeping Course - Group C

Various Dates from March to June | £110.00

We are running 3 separate beginners courses this year and we will be limiting each one to 10 students per group. They will be jointly tutored by Martin and Clare and so during the “hands o...

 

University of Exeter Chapel Choir & Orchestra: Mass in B minor

Saturday 28th March 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Widely held as one of the greatest choral works to date, the powerful Mass in B minor began as a much smaller composition for the sovereign Augustus III in 1736 and was completed in its full...

 

Brent Singers: La grand messe

Saturday 4th April 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Brent Singers re-enact the music from the great ceremony of a nineteenth-century Parisian High Mass, including Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle, César Franck's Panis Angelicus and a s...

 

Beekeeping Taster Days

Various Dates from April to September | £25.00

Taster Days from April to September 2020
For people thinking about taking up beekeeping.
We will be running five separate days on the following dates (this is not a five week course - ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Spring

Saturday 2nd April, 2pm | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Voces: Alleluia

Saturday 2nd May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Voces perform a programme of sixteenth-century choral music for the season of Easter.

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Swarming

Saturday 2nd May, 2pm - 5pm | £6.00

Two separate afternoon sessions which explore the phenomena of honeybee swarming.
Saturday May 2nd 2pm till 5pm
This workshop will deal with the why, how, and when? A better understandin...

 

Abbey Choir: Ave Maria

Saturday 9th May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir for a programme of music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The concert also launches the choir's latest recording, which features music for the solemnity of Our Lady...

 

Alvington Singers: Romantic Choral Anthems

Saturday 16th May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Alvington Singers present a concert of choral music featuring the brilliant Te Deum by Hubert Parry, composed for the Coronation of George V in 1911. The Parry provides a fascinat...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Swarming II

Saturday 16th May, 2pm | £6.00

Two separate afternoon sessions which explore the phenomena of honeybee swarming.
Saturday May 2nd 2pm till 5pm
This workshop will deal with the why, how, and when? A better understandin...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Swarming (both courses)

Saturday May 2nd & 16th | £10.00

Two separate afternoon sessions which explore the phenomena of honeybee swarming.
Saturday May 2nd 2pm till 5pm
This workshop will deal with the why, how, and when? A better understandin...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Richard Lester

Saturday 23rd May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Richard Lester performs an exciting programme including music by J. S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, Paul Hindemith and Louis Vierne's famous Carillon de Westminster.

Tickets to each concer...

 

The Early Music Collective: Dixit Dominus

Saturday 30th May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Early Music Collective is delighted to return to Buckfast Abbey following the wonderful reception of their performance of Bach's Motets in 2019. A celebration of the high baroque, the pr...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Handling and Hygiene

Saturday 30th May, 10am | £6.00

You owe it to your bees to take care when you inspect them. Hive manipulations should have purpose and cause as little stress as possible to your girls. Gentle handling is easier when you an...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Making Increase

Saturday 30th May, 2pm | £6.00

It’s always a good idea to have more than one colony just in case something goes wrong. Knowing when and how to split your bees is critical for: swarm control, making increase, and for que...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Andrew Millington

Saturday 13th June 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Former Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, Andrew Millington, performs a magnificent programme including Bach's famous 'Wedge' Prelude & Fugue in E minor, Verdi's Grand March from 'Aida' ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Summer

Saturday 13th June, 14:00 | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Brent Singers: Gloria!

Saturday 27th June 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Brent Singers return to the Abbey to perform a popular programme of baroque music with orchestra, including Vivaldi's Gloria and Purcell's Come, ye sons of art, away.

Brent ...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Olivier Houette

Saturday 11th July 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Titular organist of Poiters Cathedral and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Olivier Houette, performs a virtuosic recital including transcriptions of well-known Purcell and Bach, Mendels...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Queen Introduction

Saturday 11th July, 2pm | £6.00

Whether you have bought a new queen, or reared one yourself, she is a precious commodity. Get it wrong and she will be killed and thrown out by the colony. Learn how to introduce her to her ...

 

Abbey Choir: The Psalms of David

Saturday 18th July 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Abbey Choir explores the wealth of music composed for choir and organ inspired by the Old Testament book of Psalms, including Elgar's majestic anthem Give unto the Lord and Rutter...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Sex and the Wanton Virgin Queen

Saturday July 25th, 2pm | £6.00

Promiscuous Queens are best! Over millions of years, honeybees have evolved an ingenious, if a tad risky, method of ensuring genetic diversity within the colony. Clare and Martin will illumi...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Harvesting Honey

Saturday 1st August, 2pm | £6.00

Robbing the bees can be stressful for both you and the girls. How much honey can you take and how much should you leave them? When is the best time to take it, and do you have to take it all...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Nathan Laube

Saturday 15th August 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Nathan Laube, Associate Professor of organ at Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, holds a place among the world’s elite performers and pedagogues. He performs a dramatic program...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Varroa

Saturday August 22nd, 2pm | £6.00

In this workshop we will discuss the latest research concerning varroa and how it is really affecting our bees. We will explore some of the behaviours and mechanisms which various “varroa ...

 

Rotary Choir: Creation

Saturday 5th September 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The massed singers of the Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Rotary Club Choir join together for a performance of Haydn’s masterful oratorio, Creation.

Rotary Choir
Christopher Fletcher ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Autumn

Saturday 5th September, 14:00 | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Ian Tracey

Saturday 19th September 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Liverpool Cathedral & City Organist, Ian Tracey, puts the Ruffatti organ through its paces in an eclectic programme, including music by J. S. Bach (arranged by Henry Goss-Custard), Paul Hind...

 

West Devon Chorale: Stabat Mater

Saturday 3rd October 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

West Devon Chorale performs a varied concert of choral music, including Palestrina's Stabat Mater, Bach's Singet dem Herrn and Haydn's Te Deum.

West Devon Chorale
Mi...

 

Collati Singers: Songs of the Church

Saturday 14th November 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Collati Singers perform a varied programme of sacred music, including Rutter's Gloria, Dove's Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and selections from Rachmaninov's Vespers...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - What The Books Don’t Tell You

Saturday November 14th, 2pm | £6.00

What the books don’t tell you (and why bees change their minds!)

Bee behaviour can seem confusing and we often resort to the anthropomorphic and rather desperate statement “Oh well, t...

 

Voces: Christus Rex

Saturday 21st November 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Voces perform a programme of sixteenth-century choral music for the Eve of the Feast of Christ the King.

Voces
Martyn Warren director
David Davies organ

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Philip Arkwright

Saturday 19th December 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Abbey's own Organist & Master of the Music, Philip Arkwright, rounds of the year's organ recitals with a festive programme including works by Pachelbel, Daquin, Bach and Dom Sebastian Wo...

 

Grand-Orgue Season Ticket 2020

| £50.00

Tickets to each Grand-Orgue recital are priced at £10. This is a season ticket granting admittance to all six recitals for the discounted price of £50.

 

Seasonal Workshops - Winter

Saturday 9th January 2021, 14:00 | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Season Ticket

| £20.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...