Abbey Chamber Concerts are a series of chamber concerts by top-quality local musicians on one Sunday each month, 3.00 – 4.00pm at St Nicolas church, Abingdon OX14 3HF.

Free tea and coffee and an opportunity to talk to the musicians, after each concert. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions – OAP/students), accompanied children free. Available from this website, at door, from 07775 904626, from the performers. Support local musicians! Support the arts in Abingdon!

See Daily Info review of April’s ACE piano trios

“Soul Music”

How do you cope with the stress of being a City lawyer? Or a practising barrister? Or a teacher? Why, play the piano, cello and violin in St Nicolas Church, Abingdon on a cold Sunday afternoon and warm the hearts of your audience! The ACE Piano Trio performed two pieces; Beethoven’s ‘Piano Trio no. 6 in E Flat Major’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Piano Trio no. 2 in C Minor’….

…The three players, Andrew Blankfield on the piano, Claire Parkin on the violin and Emma Chamberlain gave a wonderful performance which really did warm our hearts: their talent and their obvious enjoyment of the music were plain to see. The concert was April’s edition of the Abbey Chamber Concerts: a concert which takes place one Sunday each month in St. Nicolas Church, Abingdon and which, based on this performance, I would highly recommend.

Abbey Chamber Concerts 2019

3 February Scordatura Women’s Music Collective  ‘Celebrating Clara’

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor

Cecilia McDowall Cavatina at Midnight

Fanny Mendelssohn Fantasia 

Ethel Smyth Piano Suite in E major

Claudia Fuller Violin, Rachel Watson Cello, Thomas Ang Piano

3 March     Georgina Malcolm soprano sings Schumann Frauenliebe Und Leben
Plus works for voice and piano and solo piano by Schubert, Strauss, Schumann and Clara Schumann. Accompanied on the piano by Duncan Honeybourne

7 April        ACE trio

Mendelssohn piano trio in C minor, Beethoven piano trio op 76 no 2

Andrew Blankfield

Emma Chamberlain

Claire Parkin

12 May      Pavlova Winds with Malcolm Pearce piano

Masterpieces for piano and winds

Gordon Jacob sextet, Beethoven quintet

9 June        Radcliffe String ensemble

Mendelssohn Octet

Jacqui Miles, Martin Reed, Diana Hinds, Laura Tonbridge violin

Evelyn Sanderson, Catherine Coldstream viola

Emma Chamberlain, Zoe Reed Sanderson cello

7 July           Pavlova Winds and Radcliffe Strings

Brahms Serenade no 1 for wind and string nonet

1 Sept     Radcliffe Ensemble: Anna Brittain soprano, Jacqui Miles violin, Emma Chamberlain cello, Bethe Levvy  piano

Shostakovich piano trio no 1
Mendelssohn piano trio in D minor
Songs – Debussy and German lieder

13 Oct        Diana Hinds piano

Schubert’s great, late Sonata in A, D959, and Janacek “In the Mist”

3 Nov         Jacqui Johnson, Anita D’Attellis

Saint Saëns Sonata for cello and piano, no 1, in C minor

Debussy Sonata for cello and piano in D minor

15 Dec        Music arranged for 15 winds. Conductor Robin O’Neill (Philharmonia) THIS XMAS CONCERT HAS MOVED TO ST HELENS CHURCH, ABINGDON  To include Bartok Magyar suite no 1, and Debussy Preludes

Pavlova Winds:

flute  Chris Britton, Rosie Callaghan
oboe  Wendy Marks, Carolyn King
clarinet  Barbara Stuart, Malcolm Sadler, Jonathan Howse
bass clarinet  Robert Sales
bassoon Simon Payne, William Grainger
contra Chris Grovenor
horn  Sam Dunwoody,  Frances Jones,  Paul Willett,  Jenny Steele

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forthcoming concerts

Saint Saens and Debussy cello sonatas

November 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm St Nicolas Church, Market Place

Saint Saëns Sonata for cello and piano, no 1, in C minor
Debussy Sonata for cello and piano in D minor

Bartok Magyar Suite and Debussy Preludes

December 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm St Helen’s church, West St Helen's Street

Bartok Magyar Suite no 1
Debussy Preludes