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Jul 05 2023 - Jul 06 2023


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm



Improvisation Quarter-Final

St Albans Cathedral

The biennial St Albans International Organ Competitions celebrate 60 years since their foundation in 1963 by Peter Hurford. Outstanding organists aged 33 and under from across the world will compete for Interpretation and Improvisation prizes. 

Presentation of Awards and Prize-Winners’ Recital on Saturday 15th July at 11am in the Cathedral will bring the 60th anniversary competitions to a conclusion.

The Improvisation Competition, played on the Harrison & Harrison organ of St Albans Cathedral, provides a fascinating test for creative and fast-thinking organists, competing for the Tournemire Prize of £8,000. In this Quarter Final, each performer will play Bengt Hambraeus’s Extempore and a free-form improvisation based on harmonic and textural extracts from Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystique.

£15 (unreserved seating)
Competition Season Ticket £150 (all rounds, including Improvisation and Interpretation Finals: £10 per event, a saving of £75)
Free admission for under 18s and for students in full-time education, on production of ID

Booking now from St Albans Cathedral’s Box Office