Abingdon Concert Band

music for wind orchestra since 1977

1 November 2013
by admin

Broken Coda by the 4bar Collective

Over the summer we were approached by Dan and Kirstie of the 4bar Collective to contribute to one of their tracks on their first EP. The 4bar Collective is a UK based project that unites people through music. They travel the world, recording 4 bar loops from musicians from all walks of life and collate them into original, dynamic tracks whilst documenting their experiences and sharing them with followers of the project.

On Thursday 24 October we gave over half our rehearsal to record a total of 6 4-bar loops (including one full-band one) with little idea of what the final concept was going to be. Today, Track V, entitled Broken Coda, is released and you can see for yourself the amazing result.

21 February 2013
by admin

Vacancy for Musical Director

Abingdon Concert Band is a community wind band who rehearse and perform in and around Abingdon-on-Thames. Following a successful period with the Band, which has seen us develop and grow significantly, Stephen Bell is stepping down at the end of the summer term.  We are now looking for a new Musical Director from September 2013 who can build on the foundations that Stephen has laid.

For an informal discussion please contact the Chairman, Kathy Wilcox on 01865 434870. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend our concert on 16 March 2013 to hear the Band perform with Stephen.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 7 April 2013.

The recruitment process will be as follows:

Sunday 7 April Deadline for applications to chair@abingdonconcertband.org.uk
Week commencing 8 April Committee shortlist four candidates
By Sunday 21 April Inform shortlist of their audition date and begin liaison over audition repertoire
Thursday 16 May Interviews and auditions 1 and 2 (45 minutes each)
Thursday 23 May Interviews and auditions 3 and 4 (45 minutes each)
By 9 June Decision made by Committee and EGM held to ratify decision. Successful applicant informed and agreement to take up the post secured in writing
By 16 June Once the selected candidate is secured, inform those unsuccessful
Thursday 12 September First rehearsal with new Musical Director



2 January 2013
by Chair

Playing Day 16 February 2013

Why not come along to our annual Playing Day on Saturday 16 February 2013 when members of the band are joined by other local musicians to spend a friendly and informal day playing a range of music for wind orchestra together. This year we are pleased to be directed by Stephen Bell and will be joined by a guest soloist, trumpeter Chris Cox. Playday application form

30 October 2012
by Chair

Winter Thriller Tickets

Tickets for our next concert, on Saturday 1 December in Trinity Church, Abingdon are now available. A Winter Thriller is a toe-tapping, winter-warming mix of rock, pop and classical music with just a hint of Christmas.

Tickets £7.50 (£5.00 concessions) available from The Bookstore and Newbury Building Society in Abingdon.

11 June 2012
by admin

New Musical Director

The Band are very pleased to announce that Stephen Bell will be taking up the baton as their musical director from September 2011.

Stephen has been musical director of Northampton Concert Band since 2005 and has since enjoyed considerable success with the Band winning numerous awards.The Band are looking forward to working with Stephen and excited about the challenge and new oportunities that he will bring.

If you can, or have, played a brass or woodwind instrument to a high standard please contact us via the join us page on this website.    If you would be interested in the Band performing for you in 2012 please see the contact us page.

25 March 2008
by admin

New Brass Players Wanted for 2010/11

We have vacancies for brass instruments and also welcome enquiries from woodwind players.   If you play to a reasonable standard (or can do when you’re back in practice) and you’d like to join a friendly and supportive local band, please fill in the form on the Join Us page to contact us.We welcome players of all wind-band instruments.  At the moment we are actively looking for players of Trombone, Tuba or String Bass (upright/electric).

There are no auditions, but you need to be of a reasonable standard (ideally around grade 5 or above, although we welcome players wishing to get back into playing and improve their standard), good at sight-reading and adaptable to a variety of musical styles.

If you are interested please fill in the form on the Join Us page to contact us.

21 January 2006
by admin

3rd Annual Playing Day

Saturday 21st January saw some 35 instrumentalists assemble at the Manor Preparatory School for the 3rd annual Playing Day organised by Abingdon Concert Bind Smiling old hands came with happy expectation, newcomers to the band and first time visitors from other invited bands a little hesitant and apprehensive.

An initial tribute to Mozart on the 250th Anniversary of his birth with a ‘warm-up’ blow through the Impressario Overture soon settled all fears. As the day progressed under the shared Conductorship of Philip Burditt, Director of Abingdon Concert Band and Stephen Bell, Director of Northampton Wind Band, the players were welded into a grand cohesive sound with a wide ranging variety of music.

The day ended with a concert style performance of a selection of the works studied, which included the Vanguard Overture – Curzon; Country Gardens – Grainger; Finnegan’s Wake – Potter; 4 Norfolk Dances – Sparke a Movement from Jacob’s Concerto for Band.

Everyone departed exhausted but exhilarated after a great day’s music making, demanding a repeat occasion for what is developing into an annual event.