Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

The 22nd Abingdon Music Festival closed on Sunday 05 May with a highly enjoyable concert featuring 50 (out of 270) participants deemed to have been outstanding by the adjudicators, with ages ranging from 8 to 22. ‘The Return of the Jedi Jazz’, a community jazz group, provided 15 minutes of ‘warm-up’, and the all-female adult choir Harmony Inspires provided a splendid opening number. The Festival’s two-and-a-half days of classes were pervaded as usual by encouraging, formative advice from the team of expert adjudicators who gave each participant at least one useful point to take home to practise.

It is hoped to produce a dvd of concert highlights; when this becomes available it will be advertised here.

The 23rd Festival will run 01 – 03 May 2020; entries will open in January.

The Maestro Conducting Masterclass took place on Sunday 10 March with St Giles Orchestra and maestro Peter Stark; see the Maestro tab for full details.

On the day before, 2018 Concerto Competition winner Leo Appel played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Abingdon and District Music Society orchestra to huge acclaim from the sizeable audience. He will play the Bruch Concerto with Didcot Concert Orchestra on Sunday 09 June at 4 pm at Cornerstone, Didcot.


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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