Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

The 21st Abingdon Music Festival took place from Friday 04 to Sunday 06 May 2018 at St Helen & St Katharine School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon.

The Jazz Band Challenge, a new feature this year, unfortunately attracted only two entries, but Jedi Jazz and Oxfordshire Youth Big Band offered a splendid hour of entertainment.

The closing Concert once again showcased a wealth of talent and a pleasing variety of ages and instruments drawn, on adjudicators’ selection, from all classes in the Festival.

Concerto Competition winners – see Concerto tab.

Details of the 2019 Festival will appear here as soon as they have been finalised, but dates are likely to be 03-05 May.

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.


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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.

Abingdon Music Festival Association – Registered Charity no. 1072473