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).

Applications open for 31st St Albans International Organ Festival – @hertsad reports

Enjoy St Albans Triptych by @matthewm76, our 2019 commissioned test piece, presented by his publishers @WMClassical

We’ve said it already, but this is worth repeating – our 2021 Competitions are open for entries now.

Next year’s Tournemire Prize is substantially redesigned and will be a fascinating test for all creative and fast-thinking improvising organists, including performance to silent film.

Next year’s Interpretation Competition will include Concerto Round at @StAlbansCath with St James’ Baroque and @davidhconductor; Peter Hurford Bach Prize; new work by @RoxannaPanufnik published by @EditionPetersUK.

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