St Albans International Organ Festival gratefully acknowledges the significant support of the following organisations, trusts and individuals:
St Albans City & District Council
The Alan Brentnall Charitable Trust
Constance Travis Charitable Trust
Douglas May Trust
Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget Scheme
Kirby Laing Foundation
Old Possum’s Practical Trust
Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists
The Williams Church Music 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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2019 Improvisation Competition Prizewinners
Improvisation 1st Prize (Tournemire Prize)
Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury
Matthew Martin Prize
2019 Interpretation Competition Prizewinners
1st Prize - Interpretation
Douglas May Award
Peter Hurford Bach Prize
2nd Prize - Interpretation
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2019 - 2020 Saturday Concert Series
2019 - 2020
Saturday Concert Series starts on
19 October 2019
2021 Festival Jury
Pieter van Dijk
The members of the 2021 Festival jury are:
Saturday Concert Series
(April and May Events)
The remaining Saturday recitals of the current series that are scheduled to take place in April and May are under review.
A decision will be taken in the coming weeks, depending on factors which sadly are well beyond our control.