Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

The 22nd Festival ran very successfully on Saturday 18 September, with all classes ‘face-to-face’. As had been expected, the Covid-enforced postponement to a date shortly after the end of the school holiday period meant a significant reduction in entries, but certainly not in the standard of the participants. All the adjudicators commented on what a pleasure it had been to work with so many talented performers, and the closing concert, in the beautiful ambience of St Michael’s Church, was outstanding and warmly appreciated by the substantial audience.

The Committee will shortly review the event and plan for next year. We are looking at re-scheduling the Festival from its traditional early-spring-bank-holiday-weekend timing, which over the years has proved increasingly difficult for those with public examinations, to a weekend in late October or early November, offering an opportunity for those taking ABRSM examinations later in the term or preparing for Music GCSE or A-level to have their performances helpfully reviewed by someone other than their teacher.

Any comments on this proposal, or any other aspect of the Festival, will be gratefully received.

Grateful thanks are due, as always to the members of the Committee who worked so hard to stage the Festival ‘live’ this year, and to the adjudicators and accompanists.

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Congratulations to

OLIVER SIMPSON

Winner of the 2020 (postponed) Concerto Competition:   see ‘Concerto’ tab for full details.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT OUR FESTIVAL

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.

HOW TO HELP US

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

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA opportunity

Recognising the talents of its participants, the Festival is pleased to draw attention to the opportunities for high-quality chamber-orchestra playing offered by the Oxford Concerto Orchestra; please see tab above.

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.