Welcome to the Abingdon Music Festival!

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

Planning for next year’s Festival is well in train. The adjudicators booked for this year expect to be able to join us next year; the venues will be Abingdon School and St Michael’s Church, as planned for this year.

The Concerto Competition will transfer to next year, with the same adjudicators, and participants if they find themselves available on the new date; there might be one or two spare places. (Anyone interested in taking up any spare places should email abmusfest@gmail.com.) The Concerto Competition will run again in 2022, to maintain its biennial routine.

Of course the hope is that conavirus social restrictions will be finished, or at least heavily reduced, come late April. However, the committee feels it is prudent to plan for restrictions still to be in place; the provisional list of precautions may be found here: AMF Conavirus precautions


Kentaro Machida, winner of the 2017 Maestro Conducting Competition (see information below), has just been appointed conductor of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, the university’s prestigious leading chamber orchestra. AMF wishes Kentaro every success for this exciting new opportunity.

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.