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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

Wixamtree Trust

Douglas May Trust

The Dyers Company

Rhinegold Publishing

Don and Lesley King

Andrei Lussmann

Philip and Sue Vaughan

Daniel Von Allmen

The Earl & Countess of Verulam

Elisabeth Wells

Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists


Jill and Adam Singer

Orgues Létourneau

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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2017 Festival photos

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2017 Festival Competition Prize Winners

Colin Hamling

Competitions Secretary

David Titterington                

Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury                    

22nd July 2017

First Prize Interpretation


Audience Prize

Thomas Gaynor

New Zealand

Second Prize Interpretation


Peter Hurford Bach Prize

Ágoston Tóka


Douglas May Award

Sora Yu

South Korea

Philip Moore Prize

Lotta-Sophie Harder


Tournemire Prize for Improvisation : not awarded

2017 Festival Images

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Saturday Organ Concert Series

2017 - 2018

Patricia Hurford

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.

Lesley King

Interim Chairman

David Titterington

Artistic & Executive Director