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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Talented organists born after 17 July 1988, you have just under six weeks left to enter this year’s St Albans competition.

Happy 80th birthday to Dame Gillian Weir, winner of our Interpretation Prize in 1964 and distinguished juror in 1977 and 1981.

Organ lovers, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Regrettably we have had to postpone recitals by David Titterington (Jan) and Thomas Trotter (Feb). We are optimistic that restrictions will ease sufficiently for events later in the Spring; and for us all to meet in St Albans for the Festival and Competitions in July.

A very happy birthday to David Titterington, our Artistic and Executive Director as well as long-time Head of Organ at @RoyalAcadMusic and @UoLondon Professor.

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