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Buckfast Abbey hosts special musical preview event to launch new CD

On Sunday 15th May, South Devon’s Buckfast Abbey will host a launch event for a new CD which features the complete organ music of Father Sebastian Wolff – a former respected Organist at Buckfast Abbey.

The event has been organised to celebrate Wolff’s significant contribution to the world of organ music in the twentieth century, and will take the form of a 30-minute concert recital and presentation of the CD in the Abbey Church, followed by a drinks reception with Fr Sebastian in the Abbey’s newly refurbished Schiller Hall.

Fr Sebastian Wolff has been a monk at Buckfast...

World-renowned choir set to return to Buckfast Abbey for April concert

On Saturday 23rd April, Buckfast Abbey, in South Devon, will host the world-renowned choir of Westminster Cathedral for a concert of choral and organ music for Eastertide. The highly anticipated performance, titled Surrexit Christus!, follows the success of the choir’s participation in the 2018 Festival of Sacred Music at Buckfast Abbey, which was a complete sell-out event.

Acclaimed as one of the world’s great choirs, and the only Catholic Cathedral choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers, Westminster Cathedral Choir will perform a programme of ancient Gregorian chants...

Buckfast Abbey expands its corporate hospitality offer with two senior appointments

Buckfast Abbey, in South Devon, has strengthened its unique corporate hospitality offer with the appointment of two experts to spearhead an expansion of the Abbey’s services for businesses and organisations.

The Abbey’s two new senior managers, Sharon Cheshire and Sam Stern, will be instrumental in bringing a number of new initiatives to the Abbey’s conference and accommodation offer. The team will launch an exciting, new suite of corporate packages combining the benefits and facilities of the Abbey’s newly-renovated Conference Centre - including the stunning Schiller Hall - with...

Buckfast Abbey offers rare opportunity for 12 Men to join its Holy Week Vocations Discernment Retreat

Buckfast Abbey, in South Devon, has announced that it will be celebrating Holy Week this year with an initiative to host twelve men who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. In a first for the Abbey, the 12 men - reflective of the 12 disciples - will be invited to join the Monastic Community to share their journey through the holiest of weeks in the liturgical year.

The free guided retreat will give the twelve the opportunity to live with the Monastic Community, immersing themselves in, and participating in the sacred ritual of Holy Week.


Buckfast Abbey releases exciting new series of concerts and organ Recitals for 2022

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 02/13/2022 - 10:47pm

Buckfast Abbey, in South Devon, has released its exciting new line-up of Concerts and Organ Recitals for 2022. Recognised as a centre of culture and the arts in the South West of England, the Abbey Church is known for its popular series of annual concerts and recitals, which hosts choirs and performers from the local area and further afield.

Highlights of the 2022 series include a performance of the Mozart Requiem by the Abbey’s own choir and orchestra (Saturday 21st May) and a splendid evening of choral music spanning Byrd to Chilcott on the 23rd July performed by the boy...

Buckfast Abbey welcomes brother as new apprentice

This autumn Buckfast Abbey has welcomed a new recruit to their team who follows in his brother’s footsteps. Trainee electrician, Ryan Ware, will join the Abbey’s Works Department as a new apprentice electrician and work alongside the Abbey’s current plumbing apprentice, Ryan’s twin brother, Lewis Ware.

The recruitment of Ryan is the latest in a series of apprenticeship appointments made by the Abbey and he will be their first apprentice electrician. The Abbey is a passionate supporter of education and learning and currently facilitates apprenticeship schemes in partnership with...

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Buckfast Abbey helps kids across the country cope with mental wellbeing

Online festival launched to help primary school pupils manage mental health

Buckfast Abbey is readying itself to lift the mood and mental wellbeing of primary school children across the UK with the launch of its largest ever festival to help children cope with the stresses of daily life.

Starting on Monday 11th October, the Take 5 Festival - a virtual event created by the Abbey’s Education Department - builds on the success of last year’s inaugural, week-long event, which saw schools from as far as Cumbria, Yorkshire and Kent getting involved.

This year, the...

Latest life-saving defibrillators installed at Buckfast Abbey

Seven new life-saving defibrillators have been installed at Buckfast Abbey, taking the total on site to eight. This makes the religious centre and popular tourist attraction one of only a handful of venues in the South West to have so many defibrillators available in one place.

The vital role the resuscitation equipment plays has recently received global attention following Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen’s sudden cardiac arrest at the Euros 2020 match, showing that people of all ages and levels of fitness can benefit from fast access to defibrillators.

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Buckfast Abbey has announced the appointment of Matt Roach

Former Exeter Airport boss joins Buckfast Abbey

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 03/10/2021 - 11:08pm

Buckfast Abbey has announced the appointment of Matt Roach as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Roach is the former Managing Director of Exeter Airport and has strong links with Devon’s business community. He succeeds Jonathan Deacon, who is retiring after 30 years with the Abbey.

Fr. Francis Straw, Buckfast Abbey’s Prior Administrator and Chair of Trustees says:” We look forward to welcoming Matt among us and to working with him to make Buckfast Abbey the best it can be for the benefit of everyone. Matt inherits a thriving operation, thanks to the talent, energy and...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir concert showcases Buckfast Abbey's new millennium organ

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:30am

The organ installed to celebrate Buckfast Abbey’s millennium will be the centrepiece of a special evening concert by Exeter Philharmonic Choir on Saturday May 19th, the night of the Royal Wedding.

Summer in the Abbey - An evening of French and English music features works by a variety of composers from both sides of the Channel, including Vaughan Williams’ ethereal and haunting Valiant for Truth and Fauré’s ever popular Cantique de Jean Racine.

The Abbey’s newly-installed organ, played by Richard Lea, will be put through its paces with three movements from Jean Langlais’...