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Solo Concert Platform No.3 (H)

Solo Concert Platform No.3

The first Solo Concert Platform gives us another opportunity to hear able solo musicians from all years of the school presenting some polished performances, often of demanding repertoire. Please do come and hear some of Abingdon's exciting talent.


Admission is free.

Wednesday 24 Jan 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

On the night of 2nd May, 1945, an English airman tells a woman he's never met he loves her before jumping from his burning aircraft to almost certain death. However, in the thick fog above the channel, the angel sent to collect pilot Peter Carter misses him, and Carter finds himself washed up on the shore, alive. But having issued an invoice, the other world must balance its books, so Peter has to take the heavenly authorities to the Universal Court of Appeal to argue for his life.


Inspired by Powell and Pressburger’s ground-breaking 1946 film, this wildly romantic tale was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007 in a breathtaking adaptation by the Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Wednesday 24 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Thursday 25 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 26 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ASPA Burns Night & Ceilidh

ASPA Burns Night & Ceilidh

SOLD OUT - If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact: aspa@abingdon.org.uk.


The Parent Associations of our respective schools have collaborated and would like to invite you all to join us to celebrate and dance a jig with us on the 27th of January, 2018. This event will be in support of both Abingdon School and St Helen and St Katharine School.

 

The evening begins at 7pm at Lains Barn in Ardington (around 15 minutes from Abingdon) with a hot mulled cider on arrival, we will then be piped into a delicious 4 course dinner accompanied by all the “addresses and toasts” appropriate to the event after which Bowreed will be calling the reels up until midnight.  


Tickets are £60 a head and include: mulled cider on arrival, a four course dinner* and a third bottle of wine per person. There will also be a bar available at the event.


This event is now temporarily closed to new sales as all the tables for this event have been sold.  If you know which table you are sitting on or to sit on a specific table, we are waiting to hear from you. Can you please ring the Box Office on 01235 849063 so that we can arrange the sale of tickets to you.


As soon as we know the total number of tickets sold at these tables we’ll know if we have tickets left for the event. If you want to go on a reserve list, please write to Kerensa at aspa@abingdon.org.uk.


You are welcome to invite friends and adult family members to join you for this event as long as you provide us with the necessary information about them. The completion of the google form on the booking confirmation is essential.


Dress : Formal with a Touch of Tartan - Black Tie for men and cocktail style dresses for women.


*Please look at this attached menu to select which of the 3 menu options you would like for the evening.  

Saturday 27 Jan 201819:00 Book Now ( Lains Barn, Ardington, Wantage)

Space Walking with an Astronaut

Space Walking with an Astronaut

Dr. Michael Foale CBE is a British/American astronaut, veteran of six space missions, and the only NASA astronaut to have flown extended missions aboard both the Russian Mir and International Space Stations. He was the first Briton to perform a space walk, and until 17 April 2008, he held the record for most time spent in space by a US citizen: 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes. He still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen.


In 1997 Mike was on board Mir with two other cosmonauts when it was hit by a supply craft - the worst collision in the history of spaceflight. It sent the space station tumbling out of control and left the team without power and contact with Earth.


Come and hear the story of how events unfolded at this unique event and how Mike used his unique skills to save Mir from disaster.

Tuesday 30 Jan 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Fitzroy Quartet Chamber Workshops (H)

Fitzroy Quartet Chamber Workshops
Wednesday 31 Jan 201813:00 Book Now

Fitzroy Quartet Concert

Fitzroy Quartet Concert

We are delighted to announce the return of the young, award-winning Fitzroy String Quartet.


Following an afternoon chamber music workshop with Abingdon pupils, the quartet will be playing an attractive evening programme of music by Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven. This includes the Beethoven Opus 74, with which the quartet recently won the Beethoven Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition at the Penderecki Centre in Luslawice, Poland.

Wednesday 31 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

New Year Charity Concert 2018

New Year Charity Concert 2018

The New Year Charity Concert offers up a number of performances for our senior bands orchestras and choral groups. Come expecting to hear some stirring repertoire from many of our senior ensembles in the firm knowledge that the ticket revenue and retiring collections will help one or more of the school's key chosen charities. This year's concert includes the entire Second Year singing together in the second year Choir.


Please apply for tickets in advance using the online application.

Thursday 1 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

The Sons of Pitches - A Cappella Singing Workshop

The Sons of Pitches - A Cappella Singing Workshop

The Sons of Pitches, the award-winning and reality TV winning a cappella sextet give a one hour singing workshop ahead of their concert at the Amey Theatre on the evening of 3rd February 2018.

Saturday 3 Feb 201814:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

The Sons of Pitches

The Sons of Pitches

The multi award-winning a cappella sextet The Sons of Pitches follow their critically acclaimed SOP TV tour with a concert at the Amey Theatre, supported by the Abingdon Community Choir and hosted by the Arts and Sports Community Interest Company.

Saturday 3 Feb 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

An Evening with James Ketchell

An Evening with James Ketchell

James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. On 1st February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world.


James will be signing copies of his book “The Ultimate Triathlon” at the end of the evening (cost £10)

Monday 5 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Tosca

ROH Live: Tosca

Drama, passion and fabulous music - Puccini's operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley.


Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.


Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Wednesday 7 Feb 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Horizon Lectures: Julie Summers (H)

Horizon Lectures: Julie Summers

"Mallory and Irvine’s attempt on the summit of Everest in 1924 is one of the most compelling stories in mountaineering history.  Last seen on the upper slopes and “going strongly for the top”, the mystery surrounding the pair has never been resolved.  While the story behind Mallory’s journey to Everest has been widely told, the remarkable life of Sandy Irvine has often stayed in the shadows.


Author and historian Julie Summers, the great-niece of Sandy Irvine, is well-known for her ability to bring stories from the past to life.  With unique access to Sandy’s letters and photographs Julie explores his life and tells the extraordinary story of how, at the age of only 22, he came to accompany Mallory as they set out for the top of the world."



Tickets are available on the Horizon Lectures website.

Thursday 8 Feb 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Step 2 Dance Showcase 2018 (H)

Step 2 Dance Showcase 2018

A fantastic night of dance! Promises to be a fun filled night for all the family.


Tickets can be purchased through the Step 2 Dance website or by emailing info@step2dance.co.uk.

Saturday 10 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Sunday 11 Feb 201814:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,

And all the brothers too.'


Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 14 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

DIY Theatre Present: Calamity Jane

DIY Theatre Present: Calamity Jane

A fun packed musical with a young cast aged between 7 and 15years.

Friday 16 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 17 Feb 201814:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 17 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Sunday 18 Feb 201814:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Annual Chamber Music Evening 2018 (H)

Annual Chamber Music Evening 2018

Some of our chamber musicians have been working towards the yearly Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools. Do consider coming and hearing them in music for many different combinations of instruments, strings, woodwind, brass and piano. This is one of our best events, as the musicians are directing themselves.


Admission is free.

Wednesday 21 Feb 201818:00 Book Now

NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (15)

NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.


On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?


For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.


Please note, this is a recording of the Young Vic’s production captured in front of a live audience.


Please note this production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been classified as a 15.

Thursday 22 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Piano Masterclass with Ben Schoeman (H)

Piano Masterclass with Ben Schoeman

The London-based but South African born pianist, Ben Schoeman, comes regularly to put our most advanced pianists through their paces. This event, kindly sponsored by our Music Society, provides a fascinating insight into the teaching and learning for our pianists, their parents and their teachers. Do, please, join us.

Wednesday 28 Feb 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare's tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet adaption, with music by Joby Talbot.


The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation.


With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Wednesday 28 Feb 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Doug Allan - An Eye Below Zero

Doug Allan - An Eye Below  Zero

The Abingdon Science Partnership in collaboration with Science Oxford present:


"For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does" - David Attenborough


Did you ever wonder how to approach belugas underwater? Get up close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Stop your fingers falling off from frostbite? And not lose that important dive hole when you’re diving under the ice?


Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, and in this presentation he’ll be giving his own personal insights about marine biology, diving, and filming at the poles. Illustrated with his own photographs and clips from his best-known series, and with a wealth of behind the scenes stories – Doug’s aim is to amaze, inspire and challenge. Because in the forty years since Doug first went to Antarctica, he’s witnessed first hand how the warming of the poles and the changing ice is affecting the animals north and south. What should we be doing to turn the tide? He’ll also be signing copies of his book Freeze Frame – A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice.


“What’s great about talking face to face is that it’s my chance to bring people right in behind the scenes. It’s like live TV only better, and it’s for all the family!” – Doug Allan


Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983.


Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. In his 35 year filming career, he's worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature.


His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society.

Friday 2 Mar 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Carmen

ROH Live: Carmen

Bizet's classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky's intense production.


Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.


This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.


Sung in French with English surtitles.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 6 Mar 201818:45 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Singers' Platform 2018 (H)

Singers' Platform 2018

We are so lucky to have an exciting array of talent among our solo singers, who are guided and nurtured by our wonderful singing teacher, Andrew Yeats in our annual event. Andrew will be accompanying them in a wide range of repertoire for solo song, aria and jazz. An event not to be missed.


Admission is free.

Wednesday 7 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Chapel)

Horizon Lectures: John Blashford-Snell (H)

Horizon Lectures: John Blashford-Snell

"Colonel John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned and influential explorers.  Often cited as an inspiration by the likes of Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls, he has spent decades at the forefront of British expeditions. John’s achievements include the first descent of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, an arduous crossing of the Darien Gap and the first navigation along the full length of the Congo River.


Heralded by the Telegraph as “the last of the great adventurers” John’s talk is a chance to hear his daring exploits first hand – from deserts and mountains, to wildlife and people."



Tickets are available on the Horizon Lectures website.

Thursday 8 Mar 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Solo Concert Platform No.4 (H)

Solo Concert Platform No.4

A second opportunity to hear an evening of solo performances from our more accomplished musicians. This event is followed, as last year, by the Annual Music Scholars' Dinner, at about 7.45pm - about which eligible boys and families will be contacted well beforehand.

Wednesday 14 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

Intermediate Instrumental Solo Competition (H)

Intermediate Instrumental Solo Competition

The is the second stage of our termly instrumental competitions, the senior one being won last term by Will Lam with the Chaminade Flute Concertino. The intermediate level is open to competitors who are between the levels of grade 6 and 8. The competition, now in its third year will be adjudicated by concert pianist, Jeremy Carter. You are most welcome to join us and admission is free.

Thursday 15 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

School Choral Concert (H)

School Choral Concert

This event is an opportunity for the school's choirs to show what they have been working on in a programme of about 60 minutes - Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, Abingdon Academicals and Joint Chamber Choir. Again, please join us in the Chapel for this event, starting at 6pm.

Thursday 22 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Chapel)

NT Live: Julius Caesar (12A)

NT Live: Julius Caesar

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.


Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.


Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.


For more information on this performance, please go to the NT Live website.

Thursday 22 Mar 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with an all-Bernstein programme from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarkett and Christopher Wheeldon.


Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance.

He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story.


To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.


For more information about the performance, please go to the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 27 Mar 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Macbeth

ROH Live: Macbeth

Verdi's opera on Shakespeare's tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lucic and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.


Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.


The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Wednesday 4 Apr 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC: Macbeth

RSC: Macbeth

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.


Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 11 Apr 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018 (H)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.  


Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.


Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today. An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways!


Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details.

Monday 30 Apr 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Macbeth (12A)

NT Live: Macbeth

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.


Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.


For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.


Photograph (Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear) by Jack Davison


Thursday 10 May 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Swan Lake

ROH Live: Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky's magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John MacFarlane.


Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.


Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 12 Jun 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (Encore)

RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (Encore)

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into by the bitter divisions of

their parents.


The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.


Please note that this is an Encore Screening of the Live Performance on 18 July.

Wednesday 8 Aug 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: The Merry Wives Of Windsor

RSC Live: The Merry Wives Of Windsor

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)