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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The 32nd St Albans International Organ Competition will take place July 2023, celebrating 60 years – The Diapason

Join us at @StAlbansCath tomorrow for Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Bach, Eben and Franck played by Simon Harden, his first time performing in St Albans

Simon Harden (Organist and Director of Music, Waterford @cathedralmusicf) will perform for us next Saturday at @StAlbansCath. As always, admission and programme are free

Thank you to David Ponsford and Alison Ponsford-Hill for their wonderful concert last weekend at @StPeterStAlbans. 📷Stephen Boffey

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