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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

Wixamtree 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

Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists


Jill and Adam Singer

Orgues Létourneau

Garfield Weston Foundation

Old Possum's Practical Trust

The Alan Brentnall Charitable Trust

Festival Mission Statement

The St Albans International Organ Festival presents arguably the world’s leading organ competition. Its roll-call of past prize-winners includes many of today’s most influential organists.

For two weeks our biennial festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Our diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the St Albans International Organ Competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out all around this beautiful historic city. Important venues in London host additional competition rounds and performances.

The festival attracts leading performers from around the world together with very best young organists. It was founded in 1963 by the distinguished organist Peter Hurford OBE.

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2018 - 2019 Saturday Concert Series

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2017 Festival Competition Prize Winners

Colin Hamling

Competitions Secretary

David Titterington                

Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury                    

22nd July 2017

First Prize Interpretation


Audience Prize

Thomas Gaynor

New Zealand

Second Prize Interpretation


Peter Hurford Bach Prize

Ágoston Tóka


Douglas May Award

Sora Yu

South Korea

Philip Moore Prize

Lotta-Sophie Harder


Tournemire Prize for Improvisation : not awarded

2017 Festival Images

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Saturday Organ Concert Series

2018 - 2019


Entries for the 30th St. Albans International Organ Festival Competitions close on

22 March 2019

30th St. Albans International Organ Festival Competitions