St Albans International Organ Festival gratefully acknowledges the significant support of the following organisations, trusts and individuals:
The Monument Trust
The Williams Church Music Trust
The Derek Butler Trust
St Albans City & District Council
Kirby Laing Foundation
Douglas May Trust
The Dyers Company
Don and Lesley King
Philip and Sue Vaughan
Daniel Von Allmen
The Earl & Countess of Verulam
Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists
Jill and Adam Singer
Garfield Weston Foundation
Old Possum's Practical Trust
The Alan Brentnall Charitable Trust
Festival Mission Statement
The St Albans International Organ Festival presents arguably the world’s leading organ competition. Its roll-call of past prize-winners includes many of today’s most influential organists.
For two weeks our biennial festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Our diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the St Albans International Organ Competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out all around this beautiful historic city. Important venues in London host additional competition rounds and performances.
The festival attracts leading performers from around the world together with very best young organists. It was founded in 1963 by the distinguished organist Peter Hurford OBE.
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International Organ Festival Society,
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2017 Festival Competition Prize Winners
Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury
22nd July 2017
First Prize Interpretation
Second Prize Interpretation
Peter Hurford Bach Prize
Douglas May Award
Philip Moore Prize
Tournemire Prize for Improvisation : not awarded
2017 Festival Images
Saturday Organ Concert Series
2017 - 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Patricia (Pat) Hurford, co-founder of the Festival and Vice President of the International Organ Festival Society, on Wednesday 27 September 2017.
Pat played a major part in the successful delivery of early Festivals, and continued to play a significant role in different ways right up till the end. She has been an invaluable source of support and encouragement, always interested in new initiatives and very realistic and positive about the need to attract new audiences and sources of funding for the society to survive, while preserving the integrity of the competitions that are its foundation. We shall miss enormously her wise counsel and enthusiasm.
The funeral will take place on Monday 23 Oct at 2pm in St Albans Cathedral (Lady Chapel). All welcome. No flowers, please. Donations - if wished - to Herts Musical Memories c/o Phillips Funerals, 68 Alma Road, St Albans AL1 3BL.
Artistic & Executive Director