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).

Delighted to confirm that the final prize in this year's NIIOC (23-24 October) will be a recital in Berlin's Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. Applications close on Monday 28 September and feel free to contact us at - @Organ_Festival @Choirandorgan @RCO_Updates

Talented organists born after 17 July 1988 world-wide: as the English summer draws to a close, now is the time to start applying for next year’s competitions in St Albans

Full details announced for NIIOC Senior Competition and Masterclass at @BelfastCathedral on Friday 23/Sat 24 October @Organ_Festival @RCO_Updates @ChoirandOrgan

Tomorrow afternoon IOF Artistic Director David Titterington will perform at @dutchchurch’s 470th anniversary celebrations – watch live on Facebook at

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