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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Perhaps you are in London and not able to get to @StAlbansCath for Peter Holder’s recital at 5.30pm? Well, our Artistic Director David Titterington will perform in Islington this evening

Organist Peter Holder has certainly been busy at @wabbey. We wish him a restful few days before his concert for us at @StAlbansCath on Saturday

What an incredible thing @WAbbeyChoir @ChapelRoyalHCP James O’Donnell & Peter Holder are doing today. Perfectly judged music to reflect & absorb the grief of a nation. Let us never take for granted the professionalism & fearlessness of our musicians.

With enormous sadness we learn of the death of The Queen. It was the greatest honour to have served a great monarch who devoted her life to the service of her people. On behalf of the people of #Hertfordshire I send sincerest condolences to King Charles and the Royal Family.⁦

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