Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

“A festival with a difference – not a competition but a workshop”

As a result of the Conavirus pandemic, the committee decided to

POSTPONE the Festival to September – confirmed dates

Friday 17 (evening) to Sunday 19 September.

in new venues Abingdon School and St Michael’s Church, Park Road.

We very much hope that all potential participants will put these dates in diaries now.  Updates will be published here as soon as known.

The Festival will be run with proper observation of whatever regulations are in place at the time for Covid security. This will almost certainly continue to require mask-wearing except while actually performing, and some element of distancing. Hand sanitisation facilities will be provided, and rooms used will be appropriately ventilated. A full risk assessment will be conducted before the Festival; both venues have Covid-secure policies in place.

The Concerto Competition will also be postponed, to Sunday 04 July.

Entries for this competition are now closed.  Full details may be found under the Concerto Competition tab.

The Concerto Competition will run again in 2022, to maintain its biennial routine.

The 2021 Syllabus is posted under the ‘Syllabus’ tab; dates have now been amended. In order to accommodate holiday absences, the entry deadline has been placed at the end of the first week of school term, 04 September, except for those requiring services of official accompanist – 21 August (to allow time to arrange rehearsals).

We regularly receive comments that this is a really friendly and informative festival; to those of you who may be new to it, its “difference” means that after every performance, in whatever category, an adjudicator of the highest calibre will give instant comments and helpful advice. Audiences appreciate hearing these assessments immediately instead of having to wait until the end of the class, and performers really enjoy the chance to work on their pieces with an experienced adjudicator. The only element of competition is that each adjudicator is invited to select items for the final Sunday evening concert.

We could not run the Festival without our Friends, who pay a small annual donation to support the administration and assist as stewards and receptionists during the Festival weekend. Would you join them as a  Friend of the Festival? All details here: AMF-Friends-1911

The Festival is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Drama and Speech, of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.