Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

Congratulations to


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


As a result of the Conavirus pandemic, the committee decided to

POSTPONE the Festival to      Friday 17 (evening) to Sunday 19 September.

in new venues Abingdon School and St Michael’s Church, Park Road.

The 2021 Syllabus is posted under the ‘Syllabus’ tab; dates have been amended. In order to accommodate holiday absences, the entry deadline has been placed at the end of the first week of school term, 04 September, except for those requiring services of official accompanist – 21 August (to allow time to arrange rehearsals). Festival schedule and class times will be published as soon as possible after closing date. It is anticipated that most classes will take place on Saturday 18 September.

The Festival will put in place any necessary anti-Covid precautions required or recommended at the time.


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


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.