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Jazz Festival and Fringe

Jazz Festival and Fringe
The Abingdon Jazz Festival kicked off at the Unicorn Theatre this evening. The evening began with Gilad Atzmon who people said was very good. We were there at 8:30pm to see The Heavy Dexters and they were great fun -
Jazz Festival and Fringe
very entertaining. There is a lot more on tomorrow and Sunday. The main programme is at   http://www.abingdonjazzfestival.org.uk/ There is also a fringe festival at the Roysse Room tomorrow.

Leave a Comment May 10, 2019

Music in the Park

Music in the Park
There was glorious sunshine as Music in the Park began in the Abbey Grounds in Abingdon with a capacity crowd of 3500.
Music in the Park
The opening band, Sidekickz, got some of the crowd dancing,
Music in the Park
The Undercovers got almost everybody dancing.
Music in the Park
The Oxfordshire Big Band followed with a more laid back beat.
Music in the Park
Then the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Crick, thanked everybody who had helped at the event. Special thanks and a bouquet of flowers went to Councillor Alice Badcock who heads up the organising committee.
Music in the Park
The Abingdon Town Band then got people waving flags, and waving mobile phone torches, and even got a lot of people singing the proms part of the programme.
Music in the Park
That was followed by fireworks, and a polite request to take the rubbish home.

12 Comments June 2, 2018

Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames Charity Choir Concert

Charity Choir Concert
The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir were performing this evening at St Helen’s Church. They were there for the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames Charity Choir Concert. The event was raising funds for the Mayor’s Charities Against Breast Cancer and The Abingdon Bridge.
Charity Choir Concert
The Mayor, Councillor Jan Morter, a teacher of music, also invited the Oxford County Youth Choir – open to anyone aged 11-18 who loves singing.
Charity Choir Concert
The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir have been singing together since 1928 – originating with Welshmen drawn to Oxford to work at the Morris Car Factory. It is open for anyone who is Male, and now comprises half Welshmen and half men of other nationalities.
Charity Choir Concert
After an excellent evening the two choirs joined together for the final two songs. The Youth and the Men were led by Helen Swift, the musical director of the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, singing Oh Danny Boy, and Mae Hen (The Welsh National Anthem).

Leave a Comment February 4, 2018

Blessing the Bells at St Michael’s

Blessing the Bells
The Rt Rev’d Rowan Williams was at St Michael and All Angels, Abingdon-on-Thames, this evening for the big 7.30 pm service to bless the restored three bells.

After a long period of disuse, White’s of Appleton have just finished the work to get them back working.
Blessing the Bells
Three young ringers from St Helen’s were invited to ring them for a short period in front of the congregation …

By the wonders of the internet you can hear them too.

3 Comments September 29, 2017

Hornblower in a pub garden

Hornblower
Abingdon Concert Band and Abbey Brass both played in the Nags Head island garden from 16:00 to 19:00. Both are 40 years old this year, and Hornblower, the specially brewed anniversary beer, was drunk at the event.
Hornblower
It was a way to bridge the gap between Fun in the Park and Music in the Park, which also happened on June 3rd.

Music in the Park began at 17:00. But as armbands sold out earlier in the week, anybody without an armband could stay for another Hornblower.

Two more concerts in a pub garden follow on the 10th and (probably) the 17th of June.

3 Comments June 2, 2017

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