The Choir of Buckfast Abbey

The Abbey Choir in its present form was founded in 2009. The choir has since developed a wide repertoire, specialising in the early polyphonic music of the sixteenth century – notably the English school of composers such as Taverner, Byrd, and Tallis, as well as composers of the continental schools, including Palestrina, Victoria and Philips. Complementing this early music, the choir also sings a repertoire from the French Romantic tradition by such composers as Widor, Vierne, Langlais and Duruflé. In addition, the choir enjoys performing the contemporary Roman Catholic music of composers MacMillan, Panufnik, and our composer-in-residence, Dom Sebastian Wolff OSB.

In 2018, at the conclusion of Buckfast’s millennium year, the choir sang Christmas Midnight Mass, which was televised live on BBC One. In addition to singing at the weekly Solemn Mass and on feast days, the choir gives a number of concert performances per year.

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    The Choir of Buckfast Abbey presents music for the First Vespers of Our Lady of Buckfast, the Abbey’s patronal feast on 24 May. The Gregorian chant of the Monastic Rite is interspersed with glorious polyphonic works by Felice Anerio, William Byrd and Francisco Guerrero, culminating in the splendid Magnificat Octavi toni by Tomás Luis de Victoria. A thrilling new arrangement of the traditional devotional hymn Hail, Queen of heaven is the climax of...