The next St Albans International Organ Festival and Competitions – celebrating 60 years – will take place from 3 to 15 July 2023.
The Festival welcomes internationally renowned performers – celebrating the organ and so much more.
The programme offers something for every music lover – hear solo piano, jazz and classical song, chamber ensembles, glorious symphonic repertoire, and more.
Illustration by kind permission of Bucket List Prints, bucketlistprints.com
David Titterington, Artistic Director, introduces the Festival:
This year we celebrate sixty years of the International Organ Festival with some very special performances.
Large-scale highlights will undoubtedly be a rare chance to hear wonderful musicians headed by the Britten Sinfonia presenting two monumental works in the same evening – the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony and Berlioz’s Te Deum – and the first ever concert in St Albans by The Tallis Scholars, who are celebrating their own 50th birthday this year.
The list of exceptional performers goes on, catering for a wide range of musical tastes: the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective; solo piano from our newest Patron, Angela Hewitt; recitals by tenor James Gilchrist with Anna Tilbrook and violinist Rachel Podger with Christopher Glynn; and the evergreen jazz singer Elaine Delmar.
Organ-focused events include recitals by our distinguished jury; free Bach Corner lunchtime recitals by outstanding young organists; 15 competition sessions and Prize-Winnners’ Concert; a free showing of a director’s cut of the Organ Stops documentary which first aired on BBC television on Christmas Eve; and Judith Weir, the composer of this year’s interpretation competition commissioned work, in conversation.
I hope you will join us!