1. Eligibility

The competitions are open to organists of all nationalities born after 17 July 1988.

2. Website and Information for Applicants

The St Albans International Organ Festival has a website at organfestival.com, this website is referred to in the following paragraphs.

All information concerning the competitions will be found on the Competitions section of this website. Applicants should refer to the website regularly to check for any news for competitors.

3. Applications and Closing Date

Applications should be made on-line through the website. Full instructions will be found on the How to Apply page.

Your application must be received by 1 April 2021 together with:

  • your recording for the Preliminary Recorded Round (see 5 below)
  • a Letter of Recommendation from your teacher or other professional musician
  • payment of the appropriate fee (see 4 below)

Your application will be acknowledged by email.

If for any reason you are unable to make an on-line application, please contact the Competitions Secretary (see 7 below).

4. Application Fee

The Application Fee is £25 and is non-refundable.

Payment should preferably be made using Paypal or a credit or debit card through the online facility as part of the application process.

Alternatively, a bank transfer may be made to:
Payee: International Organ Festival Society Limited
IBAN: GB87 BARC 2074 0990 5125 16
SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22

Or a cheque, bank draft or international money order should be sent to the Competitions Secretary, made payable to IOFS:
Barclays Bank plc, Sort Code: 20-74-09, Account number: 90512516
Please ensure if using a bank transfer, that your own name is included as a reference.

5. Preliminary Recorded Round

You should submit your recordings by uploading them to a file server. Full details are under How to Apply.

Each piece must be played on a pipe organ in a continuous performance and must not be cut or edited; however each piece should be a separate file. Different instruments may be used for each piece. A statement witnessing your performance must be provided, signed by a professional musician.

Please remember that the judges will decide whether you will be invited to take part in the competition rounds at St Albans on the strength of your recorded performance alone. It is in your interest to ensure that it is of the highest technical quality, and essential guidance is given on Advice on Recording page.

6. Notification

You will be advised by 9 April 2021 if you have been selected to proceed to the online competition.

7. Correspondence

The Competitions Secretary may be contacted at competitions@organfestival.com

Ensure that you configure any ‘Spam’ or ‘Junkmail’ filters on your computer to allow you to receive emails containing the word ‘organ’ and which are from competitions@organfestival.com

8. Commissioned Work

It is strictly forbidden for any competitor to play in public the Commissioned Work, or allow others to do so using the copy supplied for the sole use of the competitor, before the IOF Competitions have concluded.

Any breach of this rule will disqualify the candidate from the competition.

9. Internet Broadcast of the Competition

The competition will be broadcast on the internet. Competitors will waive their rights to performance fees and will have no further rights to their recordings.