The inauguration of the new Steinway model D Concert Grand takes the place of the usual solo concert platform, which is preceded by the brief AGM of ASMS, Abingdon School Music Society, the parental group that supports the work of the music department by serving refreshments at concerts and raising funds for our many activities.
The story of the piano acquisition is an exciting one. It was purchased from London's South Bank Centre, where it had served the world's top pianists for some 14 years and chosen by none other than the great Mitsuko Uchida from the Steinway factory in Hamburg. The concert will be just 60 minutes duration and boys, music staff and the headmaster will be putting this amazing instrument through it's paces!
Admission is free - this is one not to be missed!
Now in its fourth year, the senior solo competition pitches together the best of Abingdon's senior solo talent. Previous winners have been pianists, Leon Wu (2015) and Didier Delgorge (2016) and flautist, William Lam (2017).
This year's adjudicator is the newly appointed Director of Music at Our Lady's, Abingdon, Neil Farrow.
Harry the Piano is one of the world's most gifted pianists and improvisors, frequently heard on the radio and travelling the world with his ability to improvise on pretty much any tune and in any musical style.
The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, won a music quiz at the Headmasters' Conference in Northern Ireland last autumn, his prize means that we have Harry the Piano with us. This amazing concert will be something of a fund-raiser for the Orchestral tour to Japan in June/July 2019.
Our second Solo Platform provides a new batch of our performers, ready to perform their latest pieces.
Admission is free.
Our JCS, Joint Schools' Choral Society, comprises boys, girls, parents and staff from both Abingdon and the School of St Helen and St Katharine in a large choir and orchestra under the baton, this time, of SHSK Director of Music, Helena Rakowski. Helena has chosen Remembrance Sunday for this concert and, not surprisingly, the work chosen is the great Requiem by Mozart.
Half a dozen of our most gifted violinists will each be "taught" in a 20 minute lesson in front of a public audience. Always a fascinating insight into the learning process, and in the presence of Levon Chilingirian, one of the leading violinists of his generation - and friend of the school, this is a must for all string players and their parents.
Our two Christmas Concerts constitute the musical highlight of the Michaelmas Term and bring together the best of Abingdon's larger ensembles in a programme which is repeated on consecutive nights.
All the senior bands, orchestras and choirs will be singing, including the entire First Year, in music of an often Christmas flavour. Come and join us for a celebration of musical talent at the end of term!