Abingdon & District Musical Society is an amateur mixed voice choir and full symphony orchestra, and has been making music in Abingdon, Oxfordshire since 1946.

The choir has about 70 singers, and the orchestra has around 40 regular members with strong string and wind sections.

Each year, the society gives two concerts featuring mixed choral and orchestral works, an orchestral concert, a choral concert, and a light hearted charity Christmas concert.

The Musical Director is the internationally-renowned conductor Alexander Walker.

The Honorary President of ADMS is Professor Donald Burrows of the Open University.

We are a very friendly society and always welcome new members.

Our new video

The ADMS choir and orchestra have been meeting virtually while we can’t meet or give concerts. Members of the orchestra produced this video in Spring 2021. It was not as easy as it looks or sounds to listen to a backing track in headphones, and video yourself while attempting to play a 6-minute part perfectly! But we’re proud of the final result and hope you enjoy our performance. (See if you can spot some nutcrackers behind one of the players!)

Next concert

As the society resumes after a long concert-free period, all future concerts, dates, venues and programmes are subject to change.

Saturday 13 November 2021 at 19.30

St Helen’s Church, Abingdon OX14 5BS (provisional)


Concert including a work by a society member, celebrating the society’s 300th concert and its 75th anniversary.

Bushell – “ADMS 300”
Poulenc – Gloria
Dvořák – Te Deum
Dvořák – Symphony no 6 in D

Future concerts

Saturday 11 December 2021 (concert to be confirmed)

A charity concert of Christmas music with chamber orchestra, in aid of Asylum Welcome, supporting refugees from Afghanistan.

Saturday 19 March 2022

Dvořák – The Noonday Witch
Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto no 1 in A minor (Oliver Simpson, winner of the 2020 Abingdon Music Festival concerto class)
Brahms – Symphony no 2 in D

Saturday 9 April 2022

A joint concert with Wantage Choral Society

Bach – St Matthew Passion

Saturday 4 June 2022

An Opera Gala

Find out more…

>> About ADMS, our conductor, leader and accompanist, and photo gallery

>> Join ADMS as a player

>> Join ADMS as a singer

>> Our history and concert record

>> Support us by becoming a Friend

>> Contact us