ADMS welcomes new players! The orchestra has around 40 regular members with strong string and wind sections. We bring in additional players where needed for concerts. We have an excellent leader, local musician Kate Bailey. Orchestral players are auditioned by a trial period in the orchestra. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings between September and June, except half terms and the Monday following a concert.
Admission to the orchestra depends on there being a vacancy for the instrument in question and on the player’s experience. At present we have a full woodwind and horn section, though deputies are always welcome to apply. In the brass we have vacancies for trombones and tuba, and there may be a vacancy for a trumpet player from November 2023 – though please be aware that repertoire sometimes doesn’t include all these instruments. The repertoire usually demands a standard of Grade 7 to 8 minimum.
Each year, the society performs two concerts with mixed choral and orchestral works, a purely orchestral concert, a choral concert (sometimes with a smaller orchestra) and a light-hearted charity Christmas concert.
January 2024: We currently vacancies for experienced viola and trombone players.
If you are interested in joining the orchestra please email brief details of your standard, training and orchestral experience:
For details about subscriptions see membership information section below.
The Manor Preparatory School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon OX13 6LN
Rehearsal schedule – Mondays 19.30 to 21.30
The orchestra usually meets every Monday from the beginning of September to the June concert, with the exception of the Christmas / new year break, Monday bank holidays, half term weeks, and the Monday immediately following a concert in which the orchestra has played. There may also be some weeks, e.g. after the November concert, when, if the orchestra is not involved in the December concert, there may be no rehearsals.
– Please do not attend if ill (Covid or any other illness).
– If you have symptoms that could be Covid then please test and, if positive, stay away until you receive a negative test.
– Masks remain at members’ discretion.
– Ensuring good ventilation remains an important part of our precautions.
Rehearsal schedule Version 3 (9-2-24) for Spring term and provisional dates for Summer term…
|Repertoire to be rehearsed
|Tchaik i, ii, iii, iv
|First rehearsal of Spring term
|Tchaik iv,ii, C-T, Ravel i
|1930 Ravel, 2030 Tchaik i, iii
|C-T, Tch i, ii, iv
|1930 Tchaik ii, iii, 2045 Ravel
|1930 mostly Ravel, (Tchaik iii if time)
|Only those in Ravel needed
|Ravel with soloist, 2045 C-T, Tch as necessary
|No guest players needed
|C-T, Tchaik complete
|Sat 9 Mar
|St Helen St Katharine School
|Orchestral rehearsal 14.30 – 17.00
|Coleridge-Taylor – Ballade in A minor
Ravel – Piano Concerto in G
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no 5
|(as usual the week after a concert)
|(update) NO REHEARSAL
|Sat 23 Mar
|St Helens Church
|Orchestra – do come to the
CHOIR CONCERT 19.30
|Duruflé, Fauré, Saint Saens etc
|Opera Gala repertoire
|First rehearsal of Summer term
|Rehearsal with choir
|Sat 8 Jun
|St Helens Church
|OPERA GALA 19.30
Xmas concert dress (men and women): black bottom and single colour top (not black or white)
Other concert dress: Ladies: All black. Gentlemen: DJs, white shirt and black bow tie.
>> Proposed future programmes (home + concerts page)
Prospective new members are welcome to attend for a trial period of up to one month before subscriptions are due. Subscriptions can be paid annually or termly. The subscription rate for the whole year is £170 or £160 if paid in full before the November concert. For those who prefer to pay in instalments the rates are as follows:
|Term start date
|Term end date
|First rehearsal in September
|First rehearsal in January
|First rehearsal after March concert
- New members (i.e. those who have never in the past been ADMS members) receive a £20 reduction on their first payment
- Student rate is £5 per term
- Under 30s receive a 50% discount
- In cases of financial hardship, members are invited to discuss their situation in confidence with the treasurer.
Members are entitled to take part in all of the Society’s activities and are expected to abide by the Society’s Constitution.
>> Constitution (May 2022)
Prospective new members are asked to complete the combined application / Gift aid form and return to orchestral membership secretary Nicola Gladwell (oboe).
>> Membership application and Gift Aid form (September 2022)
Method of payment
The preferred method of payment is by direct credit transfer to the ADMS bank account. Please ask Nicola Gladwell for the account number and sort code. Please email Treasurer Tim Budd () to advise him of this transaction. He will send an acknowledgement to verify the payment.
Alternatively payment may be made by cheque payable to “Abingdon & District Musical Society” and handed to to Nicola Gladwell during an evening rehearsal, or by post to Tim Budd, 12 Kingfisher Close, Abingdon OX14 5NP.
New members please note that the Society needs to keep records and for this reason it maintains computer spreadsheets of members’ details, and a Google Groups emailing list. The Society regards this information as confidential and for its own administration purposes only. If your application for membership is accepted, your details will be added to these spreadsheets but not used or distributed externally. If this is not acceptable to you, please discuss with an officer of the Society.