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Upcoming Events

Bee Zoom Workshops - Spring Management

Saturday 5th February 2022 | £5.00

Spring Management

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. ...

 

Beginners Beekeeping - ZOOM Only

Various Dates | £80.00

Each lesson will consist of a zoom presentation (approximately an hour long) jointly hosted by Martin and Clare which will cover all of the things which they consider important to start you off on your journey with honeybees. There will be opportunity at the end of each se...

 

Beginners Beekeeping ZOOM & Face to Face

Various Dates | £140.00

8 live zoom lessons on the same dates and times as Zoom only option, with the same opportunity for catch up recordings, PDF notes and live discussion, BUT with 3 face to face practical sessions here at the Abbey. These will mainly be working with the bees but will also inc...

 

Dartington Community Choir: Svyati

Saturday 26th February 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

A programme of sublime music inspired by John Tavener’s mesmerising Svyati for voices and solo cello. The programme will also include O magnum mysterium by Ola Gjeilo, excerpts from the Rachmaninov Vespers and a Bach cello suite.

Dartington Community Cho...

 

Exeter Chamber Choir: Faire is the heaven

Saturday 12th March 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Exeter Chamber Choir presents a programme of European sacred music, including the Frank Martin Mass and motets by James MacMillan and Andrew Daldorph.

Exeter Chamber Choir
Andrew Daldorph director

 

Brent Singers: La grande messe

Saturday 26th March 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Brent Singers re-enact the music from the great ceremony of a nineteenth-century Parisian High Mass, including Louis Vierne Messe
Solennelle
, César Franck Panis Angelicus and a singalong version of Charles-Marie Widor’s famous Toccata!

Brent Sin...

 

Corvus Consort: Reproaches, Lamentation & Penitence

Saturday 2nd April 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

An hour-long concert of choral music for Lent, exploring themes of repentance, lamentation and petitions for mercy. The programme casts works by Renaissance masters alongside music from the present day, including two settings of the ‘Improperia’ or ‘Reproaches’ pub...

 

Beginners Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey

Various Dates | £200.00

8 “on site” 3-hour lessons exclusively at the Bee barn and our teaching apiary here at the Abbey. Each group will be no more than 6 people. Clean bee suits available to borrow. Gloves provided. Notes to each session will be provided as PDF attachments, or as hard copie...

 

RSCM Come and Sing: Stainer Crucifixion

Saturday 9th April 2022, 16:00 | Free Entry

A ‘Come and Sing’ performance of Stainer The Crucifixion sung by affiliated choirs of the Royal School of Church Music. Subtitled “A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer”, The Crucifixion is a favourite of parish choirs the world over and includes ...

 

Bee Zoom Workshops - Swarming

Saturday 9th April 2022 | £5.00

Swarming

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. This will...

 

Westminster Cathedral Choir: Surrexit Christus!

Saturday 23rd April 2022, 19:30 | £20.00

Following the success of their sold-out concert in the 2018 Festival of Sacred Music, the world-renowned choir of Westminster Cathedral returns to Buckfast to give a recital of music for Eastertide. At the heart of their programme is the repertoire for which they are justl...

 

Bank Holiday Recital: Ian Tracey

Monday 2nd May 2022, 13:30 | Free Entry

Liverpool Cathedral & City Organist, Ian Tracey, presents an eclectic programme, including music by Bach and Mendelssohn, together with Flor Peeters’ evocative Lied to the flowers & sun.

Ian Tracey organ

 

Honeybee Experience Days 2022

Various | £75.00

Spend some time with our bees and learn about their lifecycle, environment, and their importance to our world. Starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm, this day will include lunch and refreshments.

You will be given the opportunity to dress up in a bee suit and experience...

 

Voces: Alleluia

Saturday 7th May 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

A programme of 16th-century choral music for the season of Easter.

Voces
Martin Warren director

 

Abbey Choir & Orchestra: Mozart Requiem

Saturday 21st May 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

The Abbey Choir & Orchestra presents an all-Mozart programme, including his celebrated setting of the Requiem Mass, which remained uncompleted at his death in 1791. Alongside the Requiem will be an Epistle Sonata and his well-known setting of Ave verum corpus...

 

Bee Zoom Workshops - Queen Rearing

Saturday 4th June 2022 | £5.00

Queen Rearing

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. This...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: David Davies

Saturday 11th June 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Buckfast Abbey Organist, David Davies, presents a dynamic and colourful programme to explore the range of the Ruffatti organ.

David Davies organ

 

Alvington Singers: Rejoice in the Lamb

Saturday 18th June 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Alvington Singers returns to Buckfast to perform a programme of sacred music spanning 400 years, from Orlando Gibbons to John Tavener. The centerpiece of the programme is Benjamin Britten’s cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, based on a poem by Christopher Smart and comm...

 

Brent Singers & Orchestra: Vivaldi Gloria

Saturday 2nd July 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Brent Singers performs a popular programme of Baroque music with orchestra, including Vivaldi Gloria and Purcell Come, ye sons of art, away.

Brent Singers & Orchestra
Matthew Searles director

If you are booking a pre-concert meal please take you...

 

Bee Zoom Workshops - Summer Management

Saturday 9th July 2022 | £5.00

Summer Management

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. ...

 

The King’s Counterpoint: Celestial Counterpoint

Saturday 9th July 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

David Acres returns to Buckfast after a seven year break with his choir from South Carolina, The King’s Counterpoint. Members of The King’s Counterpoint, and their sister choir Contrapunctus from Cleveland, Ohio join together to bring a wonderfully eclectic choice of s...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Olivier Houette

Saturday 16th July 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Titular organist of Poitiers Cathedral (France) and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Olivier Houette performs a virtuosic recital including his own transcription of the Second Orchestral Suite by Bach, Mendelssohn’s delightful Variations sérieuses and Widor ...

 

Truro Cathedral Choir: Fauré Requiem

Saturday 23rd July | £15.00

Join the boy choristers and lay vicars of Truro Cathedral Choir for a splendid evening of choral music spanning Byrd to Chilcott, culminating in Fauré’s beautiful setting of the Requiem. Opening with traditional American spiritual Shenandoah, their program...

 

Bank Holiday Recital: Geoffrey Morgan

Monday 29th August 2022, 13:30 | Free Entry

First prize winner of the London Organ Week, former Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Visiting Professor of Music at Yale, Geoffrey Morgan performs a kaleidoscopic programme of music to demonstrate the full spectrum of colour available on the Abbey organ.

Geof...

 

Bee Zoom Workshops - Autumn Management

Saturday 10th September 2022 | £5.00

Autumn Management

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. ...

 

Bee Zoom Workshops - Collection

Various Dates | £20.00

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Saturday 15th January 2022 – Winter management
Saturday 5th February 2022 – Spring Management
Saturday 9th April 2022 – Swarming
Saturday 6th June 2022 – Queen rearing
Saturday 9th July 2022 – Summer management
Saturday 10th Septe...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Simon Johnson

Saturday 17th September 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

The newly appointed Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, Simon Johnson, explores masterworks of the German school in his debut recital at Buckfast Abbey.

Simon Johnson organ

 

Abbey Choir: Rachmaninov Vespers

Saturday 1st October 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Join the Abbey Choir for an atmospheric performance of Rachmaninov All-night vigil. Premiered in 1915 in Moscow, the piece consists of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox all-night vigil ceremony. It has been praised as among Rachmaninov’s finest wor...

 

West Devon Chorale: Masterpieces from Europe

Saturday 8th October 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

For their annual concert at the Abbey, West Devon Chorale explores some of the finest European choral music written for chamber choir. Their programme includes Palestrina Stabat Mater, Haydn Te Deum in C and Gorecki Totus Tuus.

West Devon Chorale
M...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Matthew Searles

Saturday 22nd October 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Assistant Master of the Music, Matthew Searles performs an all-Baroque programme in the first half of the concert, including de Grigny’s setting of the plainsong hymn for Pentecost, Veni creator, and music by J. S. Bach and Sweelinck. After the interval, Matthew e...

 

Collati Singers: Missa Brevis

Saturday 5th November 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Collati Singers returns to Buckfast with a programme showcasing the choral music of contemporary composer, Jonathan Dove. They perform his Missa brevis, and the joyful anthem Seek him that maketh the seven stars, a setting of text from the Book of Amos and Ps...

 

Voces: Christus Rex!

Saturday 19th November 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

16th-century choral music on the eve of the feast of Christ the King.

Voces
Martin Warren director

 

RSCM Advent Carol Service

Saturday 26th November 2022, 16:30 |

A sequence of choral music, carols and scripture readings for the season of Advent.

 

Exeter Chamber Choir: Christmas a cappella

Saturday 3rd December 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Exeter Chamber Choir presents an a cappella concert in celebration of the festive season.

Exeter Chamber Choir
Andrew Daldorph director

 

Abbey Choir: Christmas Fantasia

Saturday 10th December 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Join the Abbey Choir and Orchestra for a programme of traditional music for the Christmas, including Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols and carols with audience participation.

The Choir & Orchestra of Buckfast Abbey
Ph...

 

Festival Carol Service

Saturday 17th December 2022, 15:00 |

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