It is an enormous pleasure to host the International Organ Festival. As well as delighting audiences with its exciting programme and high standard of performance, it offers great encouragement and opportunity to the most promising young musicians. Both the City and Cathedral are proud to be associated with it.
The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans
It would be difficult to find any other music festival with such deep, musical integrity as the International Organ Festival: as a guitarist I am particularly fortunate and honoured to have been invited twice to take part in uniquely interesting programmes.
John Williams, CBE - International Guitarist
As a performer myself who has had both the pleasure of working with an audience of young people at the festival and performing to enthusiastic audiences there, I wish the festival every success in future. Long may it continue to flourish.
Evelyn Glennie OBE - International Solo Percussionist
Right from its inception, the St Albans International Organ Festival has been one of the most successful of its kind in the world. Its prestige is enormous, and an exceptionally high proportion of its winners have gone on to make flourishing careers. I was lucky enough to be one of those winners, and remain immensely grateful to the Festival for the impetus and opportunities it provided me. It deserves every support, and I look forward to saluting the ever more imaginative celebrations of this distinguished Festival in the coming year.
Dame Gillian Weir DBE - International Organ Soloist
In the last two decades the Organ Festival in St Albans has grown tremendously in musical range and international importance. Not only does it feature performances by the world’s greatest organists, there is also an extraordinary variety of other events, so lovers of all kinds of music are well catered for. It is one of the greatest musical festivals of Europe.
Richard Baker, OBE - Performer & Broadcaster
When I and my wife founded the International Organ Festival in 1963, I knew from my own playing experience that the best young players needed a platform. The St Albans International Organ Festival offers slender material rewards when compared with some other organ festivals. Yet it has retained its pre-eminence because of its setting, its integrity, the fun it provides, and the lustre of many past competition winners who have gone on to international careers. Such a well-established venture needs and deserves the support of businesses which likewise have both a local and an international outlook.
Peter Hurford, OBE - Founder and Honorary President of the International Organ Festival Society, international player and recording artist
I have been associated with the St Albans Organ Competition since 1979, first as a competitor and more recently as a performer and jury member. It is one of the most prestigious events in the organ world today attracting competitors from all over the world. It provides a much-needed platform for professional organists at the start of their careers, and for the lucky winners it offers an armful of engagements including concerts, broadcasts and recordings. The Competition has always had a special atmosphere - generated partly by the dedicated staff who run it but also by the fact that it takes place within a much broader context of
events. This was the original vision of its founder, Peter Hurford, and it is thanks to the strength of his vision that the competition continues to flourish while many others have fallen by the wayside. I feel privileged to be associated with the St Albans Competition and Festival.
Thomas Trotter - City Organist, Birmingham. Former competitor and now Organ Advisor to the Festival
The high standards and international reputation of this music festival reflect great credit on the energy and imagination around this city and its cathedral.
The Late Rt. Revd. Lord Runcie
The combination of the glory of the Cathedral with the glory of music is a rare kind of joy. The IOFS through its imagination and hard work ensures that that joy can be shared by many.
The Rt. Reverend Dr. Christopher Herbert - Former Bishop of St Albans
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