The next St Albans International Organ Festival and Competitions – celebrating 60 years – will take place between 3 and 15 July 2023.

Almost 60 years from our foundation in 1963, in July 2021 we were delighted to present another Festival of music by internationally renowned musicians.

The wonderful city of St Albans – with its Roman remains, glorious cathedral and other historic buildings, as well as cafes and restaurants aplenty – is just 20 minutes by train from London, or 10 minutes from the M25 orbital motorway.

The 31st International Organ Festival brought inspirational music and art to St Albans from 5 to 16 July 2021.

Some 2021 Festival highlights

All concerts took place in the supremely spacious surroundings of St Albans Cathedral. We cannot imagine any better venue for our long-awaited return to live music!

2021 Festival photo gallery

A Hymn of Heavenly Beauty: Tenebrae
Tuesday 6 July | 8.15pm

Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Aurora Orchestra
Saturday 10 July | now 5.00pm & 8.00pm

Thomas Trotter Organ Recital
Sunday 11 July | 3.00pm

The Great Outdoors: baritone Roderick Williams with pianist Susie Allan and Momentum Artist Felix Kemp
Sunday 11 July | 8.15pm

Jess Gillam Ensemble
Monday 12 July | 8.00pm

Steven Osborne, piano
Tuesday 13 July | 8.30pm

The Phantom of the Opera: Silent Film with live improvisation
Wednesday 14 July | 9.00pm

Daniel Hyde Organ Recital
Thursday 15 July | 6.00pm

St James’ Baroque
Friday 16 July | 8.00pm

Plus four Bach Corner lunchtime recitals, three Competition Screenings, and a free Art Exhibition and Jazz at Lussmanns.

Announcing the 2021 Competition winners

Photograph above by kind permission of Richard Angell

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