In 2018, Buckfast Abbey celebrated 1000 years since its foundation. As a lasting legacy, Buckfast Abbey now offers the opportunity for children aged between 7 and 11 from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (and until they are 14 years old) to be part of their Choral Foundation.
The choristers rehearse before school three mornings per week and after school on a Thursday, in preparation for singing the 17:00 Conventual Mass in the Abbey Church. The choristers also join the Abbey Choir from time-to-time to sing for Sunday Solemn Mass/Vespers, and for other liturgies and concerts throughout the year.
Each chorister receives a scholarship from the Abbey for individual vocal and piano tuition. Each chorister also works towards exams in singing and piano for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.
For more information about Choristerships at Buckfast Abbey please take a look at the leaflet about Abbey Choristerships, or feel free to contact St Mary’s directly (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr Robert Pecksmith (email@example.com), Assistant Master of the Music, who is always happy to receive enquiries from parents/ carers of potential choristers.
The Choristers were invited to take a trip to the top of the Abbey tower.
The Choristers also went to Liverpool Cathedral to sing Mass and to explore the city.