Buckfast Abbey is hosting a special music preview event to launch a new CD

A former Buckfast Abbey organist is featured in a new CD coming out this month. On Sunday May 15, Buckfast Abbey in South Devon will host a launch event for a new CD which features the full organ music of Father Sebastian Wolff – a respected former organist at Buckfast Abbey.

The event has been organized to celebrate Wolff’s significant contribution to the world of organ music in the 20th century, and will take the form of a 30-minute concert recital and CD presentation in the abbey church, followed by an aperitif with Fr Sebastian in the newly renovated Schiller room of the abbey.

Father Sebastian Wolff has been a monk at Buckfast Abbey since 1948 and his name is synonymous with the Abbey’s rich musical heritage. During his tenure as organist, he forged an impressive vocation both as a solo recitalist and as a composer. His duties as organist to the community of monks in their regular cycle of prayer and liturgy, and the undeniable beauty of the abbey church, have both inspired the creation of his music over the years. This new CD recording offers a comprehensive account of his accomplishments as an acclaimed solo organist.

Starting at 4.15pm on Sunday 15 May, the short recital of works by Father Sebastian will be given by former Abbey organist Richard Lea, and offers attendees the opportunity to purchase the CD at a discounted price ahead of its release date. official release. Only on Friday 27 May 2022 will the CD be available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, the Abbey Gift Shop and via the Abbey Records website, www.adfontes.org.uk.

Recording artist Richard Lea, organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool, was able to spend a great deal of time with Father Sebastian Wolff preparing for the recording, and the variety of styles and musical forces presented on the he recording pays homage to the composer’s kaleidoscopic output.

Commenting on the upcoming concert, Philip Arkwright, Organist and Master of Music at Buckfast Abbey, said: “Dom Sebastian Wolff’s name is forever linked to the development of the wonderful musical and liturgical tradition here at Buckfast Abbey. Buckfast. This double box set is a celebration of an impressive and full musical life, and we are delighted to be able to add it to our growing collection of recordings.

Recognized as both a place of worship and a center of musical excellence, Buckfast Abbey with its unique Ruffatti organ and dramatic lantern ceiling is the perfect venue to host this special organ recital.

Tickets for the concert are priced at £5 and can be purchased now at https://www.buckfast.org.uk/product/tickets/launch-event-for-a-new-ad-fontes-cd- of-the-organ-music-of-dom-sebastian-wolff or the Abbey Library. It is advisable to book in advance, as places are not reserved and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The recording of the double disc, released on the Abbey’s own label, Ad Fontes, will be available for attendees to purchase at the concert at a reduced price. For more information visit www.adfontes.org.uk.

Buckfast Abbey is conveniently located midway between Exeter and Plymouth, just off the A38. Home to a community of Benedictine monks, the abbey offers a unique and tranquil ambience and is open seven days a week to the public. For more information on Buckfast Abbey, visit https://www.buckfast.org.uk.

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Jack L. Goldstein