Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Handel: Messiah

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 choral repertoire; in particular the well-known 'Hallelujah' Chorus, which has gained a popularity in its own right. In the oratorio, Handel intersperses virtuosic solo arias with compelling chorus numbers, which tell the story of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection.

The Choir and Orchestra of Buckfast Abbey
Matthew Searles director

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Dec
21
3:00 PM15:00

Organ Music for Christmas

George Baker b. 1951
Toccata-Gigue on the Sussex Carol

Claude Balbastre 1724–1799
Joseph est bien Marié

Louis-Claude Daquin 1694–1772
Noël Suisse
Noël sur les flutes

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605

Louis Vierne 1870–1927
Pastorale (Symphonie I)

John Ireland 1914–1992
The Holy Boy

Denis Bédard b. 1950
Variations on ‘In dulci jubilo’

Alfred Hollins 1865–1942
Christmas Cradle Song

Leroy Anderson 1908–1975, arr. Thomas Trotter
Sleigh Ride

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Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

La Grande Messe

A programme inspired by the Abbey’s two organs, to include Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, César Franck’s Panis Angelicus and a sing-along version of Charles-Marie Widor’s famous Toccata!

Brent Singers
Matthew Searles director
David Davies grand-orgue
Ben Horden orgue de choeur

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Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Gloria!

Antonio Vivaldi 1678–1741
Gloria, RV 589

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Henry Purcell 1659–1695
Come, ye sons of art, away

Brent Singers & Orchestra
Matthew Searles director
Ben Horden harpsichord

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Sep
3
1:15 PM13:15

Organ Recital

César Franck 1822–1890
Pièce héroïque 

 Charles-Marie Widor 1834–1937
Andante sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique)

 Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 663

Felix Mendelssohn 1809–1847
Sonata No. 2 in C minor

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Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Récital d'orgue

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Robert Cambert c.1628–1677
Première Ouverture (Pomone)

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault 1676–1749
Suite du deuxième ton 
i. Plein Jeu 
ii. Duo
iii. Trio
vi. Basse de cromorne
v.  Flûtes
vi. Récit de nazard
vii. Caprice sur les Grands Jeux 

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641

Louis Couperin 1626–1661
Chaconne ou Passacaille (Suite in G minor)

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 668a

Claude Balbastre 1724–1799
Marche des Marseillois et l'air Ça-ira

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Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Mozart: Mass & Vespers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791

Spatzenmesse, K. 220
Epistle Sonata in D, K. 144
Ave verum Corpus, K. 618
Epistle Sonata in F, K. 244
Vesperæ solennes de confessore, K. 339

The Choir and Orchestra of Buckfast Abbey
Philip Arkwright  director
Matthew Searles organ

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Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

Récital d'orgue

César Franck 1822–1890
Choral No. 1 en mi majeur

Samuel Rousseau 1853–1904
Scherzo (Quinze pièces pour orgue ou piano-pédalier)

Jeanne Demessieux 1921–1968
Douze Chorals-Préludes sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 7
   i. Rorate caeli
  ii. Attende Domine

Charles Tournemire 1870–1939
Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae paschali

Camille Saint-Saëns 1835–1921
Sept improvisations, Op. 150
   vi. Pro defunctis
  vii. Allegro giocoso

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Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

Duet Recital

Part of the Grand-Orgue Recital Series, celebrating the new Ruffatti organ at Buckfast Abbey.

Includes music for two organs by Gaetano Piazzo, Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel and Sir George Martin.

Richard Lea, Matthew Searles organ

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May
28
3:00 PM15:00

Bank Holiday Organ Recital

Paul Dukas 1865–1935
Fanfare (La Péri)

César Franck 1822–1890
Choral No. 1 en mi majeur

Samuel Rousseau 1853–1904
Scherzo (Quinze pièces pour orgue ou piano-pédalier)

Jeanne Demessieux 1921–1968
Douze Chorals-Préludes sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 7
   i. Rorate caeli
  ii. Attende Domine

Charles Tournemire 1870–1939
Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae paschali

Louis Vierne 1870–1937
Méditation (Trois improvisations)

Maurice Duruflé 1902–1986
Prélude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Concert du Marché

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« Musique pour l’Avent et Noël de Buxtehude et J. S. Bach »

Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155
Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211
Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733
Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197
Praeludium in D, BuxWV 139
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729

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Nov
5
9:00 PM21:00

Bach: Cantata 80 Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott

This event forms part of Liverpool Hope University’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In Cantata 80, Bach sets to music four verses of Luther’s Reformation hymn 'Ein feste Burg'. The cantata is performed in the context of a service of Compline.

Liverpool Bach Collective
Philip Duffy  director

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Aug
19
2:00 PM14:00

Organ Recital

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César Franck 1822–1890
Pièce héroïque

Charles-Marie Widor 1844–1937
Andante sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique)

J. S. Bach 1685–1750, trans. Maurice Duruflé
Réjouis-toi mon ame (Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147)
Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe (Mortifie-nous par ton bonté, BWV 22)

Louis Vierne 1870–1937
Intermezzo (Pièces de Fantaisie, Op. 51, No. 4)

Maurice Ravel 1875–1937, trans. Matthew Searles
Pavane pour une infante défunte

Igor Stravinsky 1882–1971,  trans. Maurice Besley
Berceuse & Final from Firebird

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Jul
7
1:10 PM13:10

Organ Recital

J. S. Bach 1685–1750
Prelude & Fugue in E flat, BWV 552

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozar 1756–1791
Adagio C-Dur für Glasharmonika

César Franck 1822–1890
Pièce héroïque

Charles-Marie Widor 1844–1937
Andante sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique)

Louis Vierne 1870–1937
Carillon de Westminster (Pièces de Fantaisie, Op. 54, No. 6)

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May
19
7:00 PM19:00

LightNight Liverpool

Rotation Eighteen269: performance as part of LightNight Liverpool

18269 days since it’s consecration, see the awe-inspiring interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral like you’ve never seen it before as renowned new media artist Andy McKeown presents a new large-scale light performance in collaboration with the world-famous Metropolitan Cathedral Choir. Taking inspiration from the Cathedral’s architectural features, in particular the circular Lantern Tower, light is projected within the building itself while the choir presents a rare live performance of Thomas Tallis’ Lamentations alongside organ music by Arvo Pärt and Jehan Alain, performed by Matthew Searles, in a profound and breathtaking collision of old and new.

Three performances, starting at 7pm, 7:45pm and 8:30pm

Thomas Tallis 1505–1585
The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Arvo Pärt b.1935
Trivium

Jehan Alain 1911–1940
Litanies

Arvo Pärt
Pari intervallo

The Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Christopher McElroy  director
Matthew Searles  organ

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May
14
4:00 PM16:00

Saint-Saëns: 3eme Symphonie

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César Franck 1822–1890
Pièce héroïque

Charles-Marie Widor 1834–1937
Andante sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique)

Louis Vierne 1870–1937
Intermezzo (Pièces de Fantaisie, Op. 51, No. 4)
Carillon de Westminster (Pièces de Fantaisie, Op. 54, No. 6)

INTERVAL

Camille Saint-Saëns 1835–1921
Troisième Symphonie en ut mineur 'Orgue', Op. 78

Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Rayonnement Regional de Poitiers
Benoît Weeger  direction
Matthew Searles  orgue

Performance in association with Orgue en France's Jour de l’orgue

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