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 have published a webpage to remember in all its glory last month’s spectacular Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Latest news: we are delighted that Peter Holder, Sub-Organist of @wabbey, will return to @StAlbansCath to open our new season of Saturday Concerts on 24 Sept.

Our Saturday Concert series will start up again at @StAlbansCath on 24 September. Look out for performer and programme announcements before too long...

Sharing a joke at the rehearsal for the Jubilee Celebration. But our Artistic Director David will just not divulge what @GarethMalone was saying...

St Michael’s Primary School pupil Leo Letanka is presented by @hertslieutenant Robert Voss to the Duchess and Duke of Gloucester at last week’s Jubilee Celebration –📸Stephen Boffey

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