A great year of AOS celebrations for 2018’s Diamond Jubilee

In 2018, AOS celebrated its diamond jubilee – and what a year we’ve had! From the wonderful warmth of the summer dinner, through the successes of our 2018 productions, Singin’ in the Rain and Top Hat, to our Annual December Ball, we’ve had a wonderful time. We also squeezed in river trips and production-in-a-day events, too.

Back in 1958, the fledgling Abingdon Amateur Operatic Society decide to take a risk and stage a full production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.  They must have been concerned that it would fail, that no one would buy tickets, that the organisation would prove too much for the group.

But today, in 2018, Abingdon Operatic Society is in rude health for a sixty year old.  And now, without pause for breath, we’re hurtling toward 2019, with My Fair Lady now cast and in rehearsal, and Evita on the horizon for the Autumn.  From strength to strength, as the saying goes!

In the photo above you can see just some of the fun we’ve had this Jubilee year.  Being part of AOS really does feel like an extended family, where new young members mix and laugh with members who remember the early days of the Society.  Where backstage crew and onstage cast mingle as a single team and share real pleasure in each other’s company.  It’s a rare enough cocktail  and we should savour it.   Here’s to the next sixty years!