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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Announcing our Competition Screening number 3 on Friday 9 July, free entry at @StAlbansCath and online: Jannik Schroeder🇩🇪, @benjybloor🇬🇧, Quentin du Verdier🇫🇷, Mona Rozdestvenskyte🇱🇹

Announcing our Competition Screening number 2 (of three) on Thursday 8 July, free entry at @StAlbansCath and online: Collin Miller🇺🇸, @CallumAlger_95🇬🇧, Mitchell Miller🇺🇸, Steven Knieriem🇳🇱

Announcing our Competition Screening number 1 (of three) on Wednesday 7 July, free entry at @StAlbansCath and online: Andrew Morris🇺🇸, Magdalena Moser🇦🇹, Daniel Chang🇺🇸, @andrewfforbes🇬🇧

Having recently been awarded an MBE, Classical BRIT Award-winning saxophonist @JessGillamSax is set to bring her ensemble to St Albans – @hertsad

Delighted that Peter Holder, Sub-Organist of @wabbey and former organ scholar at @StAlbansCath, will perform Handel with St James’ Baroque directed by @davidhconductor at our closing concert on 16 July

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