Thomas Trotter, President of St Albans International Organ Festival, has been awarded the 2020 Queen’s Medal for Music.

The Queen’s Medal is awarded to only one person each year and was instituted in 2005. The 75mm silver medal is presented by Her Majesty to ‘an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation’.

Thomas Trotter – Birmingham City Organist, organist of St Margaret’s, Westminster and visiting Fellow in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music – has a long association with St Albans. His reputation as an organist of international calibre was recognised when he won First Prize for Interpretation in the 1979 competition. He has since been an illustrious jury member on no fewer than five occasions, most recently at last year’s competition.

St Albans music-lovers can next hear Thomas Trotter at 5.30pm on 27 February, when he will perform at the Cathedral. Entrance and programmes will be free, with a collection for the St Albans International Organ Festival. Read more

The Festival will resume its Saturday Concerts on 16 January with a performance by the organisation’s Artistic Director, David Titterington. David and Thomas are both generously donating their performances as fund-raisers for the St Albans International Organ Festival, which will present its 31st Festival and Competitions in July 2021. Read more