Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

A dvd of the 2019 Festival concert has now been edited; copies are now available for purchase at £10; please email abmusfest@gmail.com.


2018 Concerto Competition joint winner Clare Edmiston will perform Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with Abingdon & District Music Society on Saturday 16 November at 7.30 pm in the Yolande Paterson Hall, School of St Helen & St Katharine, Wooton Road, Abingdon.

2017 Maestro winner Kentaro Machida has returned from a year as Organ Scholar at Sherborne Abbey to be Organ Scholar at Merton College, and has renewed his association with Oxford Studio Orchestra. He will conduct Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, with regular Festival participant Ashwin Tennant as soloist, in St Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown on Sunday 24 November at 3.30 pm.

2019 Maestro winner Israel Lai will conduct Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture with St Giles Orchestra on Saturday 25 January in St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road, Oxford.

The 23rd Festival will run 01 – 03 May 2020; entries will open in January. (These dates will stand despite the Government’s decision to shift the early May bank-holiday date.) Adjudicators will include Timothy Barrett and William Howard (Piano), Catherine Manson (Strings), Elizabeth Childs (Wind) and Richard Burkhard (Vocal).

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.