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Choir & Organ is the leading independent magazine for all professionals and amateurs in the choral and organ worlds – whether you are an organist, choral director or singer, organ builder, keen listener, or work in publishing or the record industry, Choir & Organ is a must-read wherever you live and work.

Every two months our expert contributors bring you beautifully illustrated features on newly built and restored organs, insights into the lives and views of leading organists, choral directors and composers, profiles of pioneering and well-established choirs, and topical coverage of new research, festivals and exhibitions. In keeping with our commitment to music at the cutting edge, we commission a new work from a young composer in every issue, making the score freely available for download and performance.

Our international news and previews, with breaking stories, key awards and forthcoming premieres, combine with reviews of the latest CDs, DVDs and sheet music, and listings of recitals, festivals and courses, to keep you up to date with events and developments around the world.

The Neoclassical Organ and the Great Aristide Cavaillé-Coll Organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris

St Albans launches 2015 Organ Competitions

14 May 2014

(from left) Stephen Boffey, chairman; The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Annie Brewster, and David Titterington, artistic director
(from left) Stephen Boffey, chairman; The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Annie Brewster, and David Titterington, artistic director

On 9 May, the 2015 St Albans International Organ Festival Competitions were launched in St Albans Old Town Hall.

The competitions – in Interpretation and Improvisation – are open to organists under the age of 33.

Following a recorded pre-selection round, the Competitions will take place on 8–18 July 2015 and will be at the heart of a multi-faceted international arts festival featuring classical music and music from around the world, dance, jazz, talks, demonstrations and an art exhibition.

Special features of the 2015 competition are:

  • Interpretation Quarter-finalists will perform a new work commissioned from the renowned composer Paul Patterson.
  • For the first time, there will be a concerto final round for the Interpretation Competition, with the celebrated orchestra Wiener Akademie, directed by Martin Haselböck.
  • Improvisers will perform ‘in alternatim’ with sung chant and an array of percussion in the Semi-final rounds. 
  • For the first time, one round of the Interpretation Semi-final will move to Christ Church, Spitalfields, London and feature the recently restored 1735 Richard Bridge organ.

The recorded pre-selection round will be adjudicated by French organist Eric Lebrun, Thomas Trotter and David Titterington, the Festival’s artistic director; jury members for the finals in July 2015 will be Michel Bouvard (France), Hans Davidsson (Sweden), Bernhard Haas (Germany), Martin Haselböck (Austria), James O’Donnell (UK), Jakyung Oh (South Korea) and Carole Terry (USA).

Details of the Competition and the Festival will be available at www.organfestival.com.

Closing date for receiving entries: 16 March 2015

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