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. A diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the organ competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out across 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 the very best young organists. It was founded in 1963 by the distinguished organist Peter Hurford OBE (1930–2019).

Three months today at our 31st Festival: electrifying energy and serene tranquility at @StAlbansCath from @JessGillamSax and her ensemble. Booking from 26 April!

Three months today we’ll be enjoying an organ recital by Thomas Trotter and ’The Great Outdoors’ performed by @RGCWbaritone, Susie Allan and Momentum Artist @Felix_Kemp – general booking opens 26 April.

In exactly three months’ time, @NickyBenedetti will be performing Beethoven with @auroraorchestra in @StAlbansCath. This makes us happy.

On account of the large number of applications received, we are delaying the notification of the results of the Preliminary Recorded Round until no later than Friday 16th April.

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