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Almost 60 years from our foundation in 1963, we are 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 will bring inspirational music and art to St Albans from 5 to 16 July 2021.

Book with confidence

If you find that you are no longer able to attend any performance – for any reason – you will be entitled to a full refund.

We are optimistic that by July England will have reached Step 4 of the government’s current road map, which is timetabled to take place ‘not before 21 June’. We appreciate that you will have questions about the safety and practicalities around returning to events, so we hope to offer reassurance about these understandable concerns.
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Some Festival highlights

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

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

Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Aurora Orchestra
Saturday 10 July | 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

Angela Hewitt, 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 more…

Photograph above by kind permission of Richard Angell

Book now from St Albans Cathedral’s Box Office

General booking opens on 26 April

VIP booking from 12 April for Supporters
(Friends, Benefactors, Bach Circle and Hurford Circle)

Priority booking from 19 April for Members

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