The Choir of Buckfast Abbey – the South West’s only professional Catholic Choir – will perform its next concert at the Abbey this Saturday at 19:30. The concert takes place on the eve of the national commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, and will be a performance of the magnificent ‘Requiem Mass for six voices’ (Mass for the Dead), by the Sixteenth Century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.
The work is widely considered to be among the finest and most refined of his choral compositions, written in 1603 for the funeral of Maria, sister of the King of Spain. The hauntingly expressive phrases will be enhanced even further by the beautiful acoustic of the Abbey church. The Choir is directed by Philip Arkwright, the Abbey Organist & Master of the Music.
The concert will also feature some Renaissance Spanish organ music, played on the chamber organ by the internationally acclaimed organist Richard Lea, who has recently been appointed Assistant Organist at the Abbey.
The Abbey Choir has quickly gained an outstanding reputation across the region, and is making a name for itself on the national stage. It has a vast and varied repertoire, specialising in the music of sixteenth century composers such as Byrd, Tallis, Palestrina and Victoria, as well as the great music of the French romantic tradition.
Surrounded by a picturesque landscape, it easy to see where the Abbey Choir gains its inspiration. The Choir sings at the 10:30 Solemn Mass most Sundays, and gives around four concert performances each year. Singers are drawn to the Abbey Choir as one of very few choirs in the region which sings at such a high professional standard; singers are selected for their quality of voice and musicianship.
Admission is free of charge to the audience, with a retiring collection. The Grange Restaurant at Buckfast Abbey will be serving a two-course fine dining meal at 18.00, and dinner guests will receive priority seating for the concert.
To book, please call 01364 645500.