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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 Waffle House

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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Dedicated to the memory of Peter and Pat Hurford, with gratitude and affection


Welcoming competitors from all corners

of the globe

30th St Albans International

Organ Competitions

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Dream Tryst by Candlelight

An intimate performance by The Choir of King’s College London

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Monday 8 to Saturday 20 July 2019


Rachel Podger by Candlelight

An intimate performance by Internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger

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Wednesday 10 July 2019


Bach Corner

Lunchtime concerts by outstanding young organists, presented in the calm of the Cathedral Crossing

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Thursday 11, Friday 12,

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July 2019


Jury Organ Recitals

Distinguished organists Christophe Mantoux, Ken Cowan, Thomas Trotter, Hans-Ola Ericsson and Dong-Ill Shin give solo recitals

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Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Monday 15,

Thursday 18, Saturday 20 July 2019


Howard Blake 80th Birthday Celebration Concert

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St Albans Bach Choir perform an all-Blake programme centred around the dramatic oratorio Benedictus

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Saturday 13 July 2019


Il Pegaso

One of Italy's leading early music ensembles perform recently discovered works by Monteverdi and Frescobaldi

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Sunday 14 July 2019


Three Choirs Concert

Performed by the combined Boys', Girls', Men's and Women's Choirs from St Albans, Jesus College Cambridge and Salisbury, and dedicated to the memory of Peter and Pat Hurford

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Monday 15 July 2019


Four Quartets

Award-winning actor Simon Callow reads TS Eliot's Four Quartets, interspersed with Beethoven's late opus 132 quartet

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Tuesday 16 July 2019


The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Franz Danksagmüller performs organ and electronics to the classic German silent film of 1920

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Wednesday 17 July 2019


Concerto Final

James O'Donnell directs St James' Baroque in Concertos by Handel performed by our three Interpretation Finalists

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Friday 19 July 2019


Catherine Wyn-Rogers Song Recital

Some of our best-loved English songs, performed by one of our leading singers

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Saturday 20 July 2019


Art Exhibition

A firmly established festival highlight

Tuesday 9 to Saturday 20 July 2019


Jazz at Lussmanns

Free live jazz, throughout the Festival

Monday 8 to Sunday 21 July 2019



Promoting the diversity of our excellent local music scene whilst offering inspirational performance and participatory opportunities!

Wednesday 3 to Saturday 13 July


Harpsichord duo by Candlelight

With distinguished keyboard performers David Hill and David Ponsford

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Thursday 18 July 2019

Thursday 11 July 2019


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Competition News

Improvisation Competition 2019

The Competitors selected by the Jury to progress to the Semi-Final Round are:

Gabriele Agrimonti

David Titterington           

Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury

Colin Hamling

Competitions Secretary

Cyril Julien

Christian Groß

Interpretation Competition 2019

The Competitors selected by the Jury to progress to the Semi-Final Round are:

Kanaka Shimizu

Kumi Choi

Sangmin Chu

Richard Gowers

Sebastian Heindl

Hina Ikawa

Tom Rioult