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For the past fifty years, since the St Albans International Organ Festival was founded by Peter Hurford in 1963, we have been committed to promoting the organ as a solo instrument in its own right, as well as an instrument capable of performing in various other musical contexts.

This biennial festival is centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and in other churches and buildings in this beautiful historic city. The festival attracts leading musicians and performers from around the world together with very best young organists who come to compete in the two competitions.


Our Supporters

St Albans International Organ Festival gratefully acknowledges the significant support of the following organisations, trusts and individuals:

The Monument Trust 

The Williams Church Music Trust

The Derek Butler Trust

St Albans City & District Council

Kirby Laing Foundation

The Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation

Wixamtree Trust

The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust

Douglas May Trust

The Dyers Company

Rhinegold Publishing

Don and Lesley King

Andrei Lussmann

Philip and Sue Vaughan

Daniel Von Allmen

The Earl & Countess of Verulam

Elisabeth Wells

Debenhams Ottaway

Institute of British Organ Building

Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists

Asiana Airlines


Jill and Adam Singer

Sue & Peter Tomson

Royal College of Organists


Delphian Records

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28th St Albans International Organ Festival Competitors

2nd Prize Interpretation


Peter Hurford Bach Prize

Davide Mariano

Paul Patterson Prize


Audience Prize

Zita Nauratyill

1st Prize Interpretation and Gold Medal

Johannes Zeinler

Tournemire Prize for Improvisation

David Cassan

Douglas May Award

Thomas Gaynor


Davide Mariano (Italy) - Second Prize Interpretation and Peter Hurford Bach Prize

David Cassan (France) - Tournemire Prize for Improvisation

David Titterington - Artistic & Executive Director

Johannes Zeinler (Austria) - First Prize Interpretation

Sir Peter Gregson - IOFS Chairman

Thomas Gaynor (New Zealand) - Douglas May Award

Zita Nauratyill (Hungary) - Paul Patterson Prize and Audience Prize

Congratulations to the following prizewinners of the

2015 St Albans International Organ Competition

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2015 - 2016 Saturday Organ Concert Series

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St Albans International Organ Festival

Announces the 2017 Competition Jury

Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin:  France

Leo van Doeselaar:  The Netherlands

László Fassang:  Hungary

David Goode:  UK

Full details of the 29th St Albans International Festival Competitions (10 - 22 July 2017)  will be launched in St Albans and online during May 2016

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Pier Damiano Peretti:  Italy/Austria

Naomi Matsui:  Japan

William Porter:  USA

    Pre Selection Jurors

Bine Bryndorf

David Titterington

Thomas Trotter

Martin Baker