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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

Amphion Fund

Constance Travis Charitable Trust

Douglas May Trust

Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget Scheme

Kirby Laing Foundation

Orgelbau Kuhn

Orgues Létourneau

Old Possum’s Practical Trust

Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists

The Williams Church Music Trust

Wixamtree 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

Gabriele Agrimonti

Improvisation 1st Prize (Tournemire Prize)

David Titterington           

Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury

Colin Hamling

Competitions Secretary

Richard Gowers

Matthew Martin Prize

2019 Interpretation Competition Prizewinners

Kumi Choi

1st Prize - Interpretation

Douglas May Award

Peter Hurford Bach Prize

Sebastian Heindl

Audience Prize

Tom Rioult

2nd Prize - Interpretation


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2019 - 2020 Saturday Concert Series

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2019 - 2020

Saturday Concert Series starts on

19 October 2019

2021 Festival Jury

David Hill     

Bine Bryndorf

Pieter van Dijk

Rie Hiroe

Todd Wilson

Franz Danksagmüller

Jean-Baptiste Robin

The members of the 2021 Festival jury are:



The Netherlands






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.