Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

The 22nd Abingdon Music Festival will take place from Friday 03 to Sunday 05 May 2019. It will be returning to its original venue:  Our Lady’s Abingdon, Radley Road, OX14 3PS.

Closing date for entries will be 15 March, a fortnight later than last year in response to participant feedback.

The syllabus is available via this link: AMFSyllabus19 finp

The Maestro Conducting Masterclass will take place earlier than usual – Sunday 10 March, at Silk Hall, Radley College (by kind permission), with St Giles Orchestra and maestro Peter Stark. Closing date for applications to participate in this event is 02 February; details and application form are available via this link:  Maestro flyer 2019

2018 Concerto Competition winner Leo Appel will play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on Saturday 09 March with Abingdon and District Music Society orchestra at 7.30 in Yolande Paterson Hall, School of St Helen & St Katharine.

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.

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