30th St Albans International Organ Festival and Competitions

Dedicated to the memory of Peter and Pat Hurford, with gratitude and affection.

Welcome to the 30th St Albans International Organ Festival – a full two weeks of exciting events across our beautiful city of St Albans and beyond.

The Box Office at St Albans Cathedral is pleased to be selling all of the concert and competition tickets for these celebrations of organ music and a lot more besides.

Events take place at St Albans Cathedral, St Michael’s Church, St Saviour’s Church and St Peter’s Church; and at Christ Church, Spitalfields in London.

Please note if you wish to collect tickets purchased on line for IOF events NOT being held in the Cathedral, the Cathedral Box Office closes at 5pm each day. 

Tickets are also available for sale on the door before the event starts. 


30th St Albans International Organ Competitions

Welcoming competitors from all corners of the globe

Monday 8 to Saturday 20 July

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‘Dream Tryst’: Late Nights by Candlelight

Intimate performances in the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon building in the county

Book now (Wednesday 10 July: internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger)

Book now (Thursday 11 July: Choir of King’s College London)

Book now (Thursday 18 July: Harpsichord duo David Hill and David Ponsford)


Bach Corner

Lunchtime concerts by outstanding young organists, presented in the calm of the Cathedral Crossing

Thursday 11, Friday 12, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July

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Jury Organ Recitals

Distinguished organists Christophe Mantoux, Ken Cowan, Thomas Trotter, Hans-Ola Ericsson and Dong-Ill Shin give solo recitals

Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Monday 15, Thursday 18, Saturday 20 July

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Howard Blake 80th Birthday Celebration Concert

Saturday 13 July

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St Albans Bach Choir perform an all-Blake programme centred around the dramatic oratorio Benedictus

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Il Pegaso

Sunday 14 July

One of Italy’s leading early music ensembles perform recently discovered works by Monteverdi and Frescobaldi

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Three Choirs Concert

Monday 15 July

Performed by the combined Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs from St Albans, Jesus College Cambridge and Salisbury, and dedicated to the memory of Peter and Pat Hurford

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Four Quartets

Tuesday 16 July

Award-winning actor Simon Callow reads TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, interspersed with Beethoven’s late opus 132 string quartet

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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Wednesday 17 July

Franz Danksagmüller performs organ and electronics to the classic German silent film of 1920

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Concerto Final

Friday 19 July

James O’Donnell directs St James’ Baroque in Concertos by Handel, performed by our three Interpretation Finalists

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Catherine Wyn-Rogers Song Recital

Saturday 20 July

Some of our best-loved English songs, performed by one of our leading singers

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