The Maestro Conducting Masterclass took place on Sunday 10 March 2019 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 also played the Bruch Concerto with Didcot Concert Orchestra on Sunday 09 June at Cornerstone, Didcot.
The 22nd Abingdon Music Festival closed on Sunday 05 May 2019 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.