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2019 Competitions



I am delighted to announce the programme for the 30th St Albans International Organ Competitions, taking place from 8th to 20th July 2019.

Everything you will need to know – about the programme, the full application process, the instruments, the prizes and more – can be found on this website. If you have any questions, please do contact the competitions team in St Albans:

Highlights for 2019 include:

A very warm welcome awaits you in St Albans. For more than half a century, the very special atmosphere that surrounds the festival has become legendary – in fact, many of our supporters call us the ‘friendly festival’. Our winners have gone on to become highly respected and influential organists, working around the world.

Do apply, and experience for yourself this unique competition in the wonderful city of St Albans.

David Titterington

A new commission from distinguished UK composer Matthew Martin

Tournemire Prize for Improvisation

First, Second and Audience awards for Interpreters; Peter Hurford Bach Prize; Matthew Martin Prize for the best performance of the commissioned work; Douglas May Award

Semi-final round on the restored 1735 Richard Bridge organ in Christ Church, Spitalfields, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in the UK

A Concerto Final in St Albans Cathedral with St James’ Baroque directed by James O’Donnell

Interpretation and Improvisation Finals on St Albans Cathedral’s Harrison & Harrison organ

First Prize Interpretation


Audience Prize

Thomas Gaynor

New Zealand