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. A diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the organ competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out across 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 the very best young organists. It was founded in 1963 by the distinguished organist Peter Hurford OBE (1930–2019).

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We are releasing some more tickets for the hugely popular #PlatinumJubilee ⁦celebration with @hertslieutenant – seats in the @StAlbansCath crossing, with views via relay screens. https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/Event/platinum-jubilee-celebration-concert

#NowPlaying Martin Schmeding https://open.spotify.com/album/0vXKYG1YVSmTaSERNent8a – we look forward to hearing his arrangement of Hebrides Overture, and much more, live tomorrow at @StAlbansCath https://organfestival.com/events/saturday-concert-22-05/

Next Saturday’s concert by Martin Schmeding at @StAlbansCath will include his own arrangement of Fingal’s Cave, transferring Mendelssohn’s orchestral sound, dynamic contrasts and symphonic gestures to the many colours of the modern organ. https://organfestival.com/events/saturday-concert-22-05/

Happy 96th Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen from all at St Albans Cathedral.

📷 Pictured here in 1957 standing outside the West End after the Maundy Service. This was the first time this ancient ceremony had been held outside London in modern times.

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