The 31st St Albans International Organ Competition and Festival will take place between 5 and 16 July 2021.

Due to the likelihood of ongoing restrictions on international travel, we have made the regrettable decision that the Organ Competitions will not now take place in St Albans this July.

Instead, we invited applications for a special online-only Interpretation Competition, which everyone around the world will be able to view on the internet.

The total value of prizes is over £7,000.

The application deadline was Thursday 1 April 2021.

Pre-selection repertoire can be found here.

The selected competitors were announced on 16 April. Read more…

The Interpretation Competition includes a new commissioned work by exciting British composer Roxanna Panufnik.

The Improvisation Competition (Tournemire Prize) will not be held this year.

You can find all information concerning the competitions – including repertoire and prizes – from the menu to the right of this text (if you are using a desktop computer) or at the bottom of this page (if you are using a smaller screen).

COVID has caused many uncertainties around the world, including particular difficulties for organists concerning practice, access to churches and instruments. In response to this, we made some changes to the Timetable for applicants. Please check the latest version of the Timetable for applicants.

We share disappointment that we cannot have live Competitions in St Albans in 2021, due to the uncertainties of travel and quarantine restrictions. Making the early decision to move to a virtual format gives us all confidence that the Competition can continue. 

2019 Judges, Annie Brewster and Prizewinners
2019 winners and jury members with IOF Patron Cllr Annie Brewster and David Titterington