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Melissa Bradshaw

Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2019 announced

11:54, 12th April 2019

The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC) 2019 will take place Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 August in the cathedral city of Armagh.

NIIOC is for organists under the age of 21, offering substantial monetary prizes, prestigious recital opportunities and masterclasses with leading organists across the globe. Founded in 2011, it has attracted exceptionally gifted young players with previous winners including Ben Comeau, Ben Bloor, Richard Gowers and Andrew Forbes. Last year’s competition was won by Johannes Krahl from Leipzig, Germany.

Martin Baker, master of music at Westminster Cathedral and president of the Royal College of Organists, will chair the jury for 2019. He will be joined by Katherine Dienes-Williams, organist and master of the choristers at Guildford Cathedral, and David Hill, music director of the Bach Choir, principal conductor of the Schola Cantorum at Yale College, US, and artistic director of the Charles Wood Summer School, Armagh.

The competition is split into three categories: the Junior Category for players of Grades 4-5 standard, the Intermediate Category for players of Grades 6-8 standard, and the Senior Category for Post-Grade 8 players for which the first prize consists of £1,500 plus promoted recitals at seven internationally-acclaimed venues.

Richard Yarr, founder and artistic director of the competition, said: ‘We created the competition to discover talented young players and give them a platform to show everyone what they can do. Our competition continues to grow year on year as we attract top organists from across Europe and beyond. It has been a real privilege to see how past NIIOC winners have grown and developed their playing over the years.’

The closing date for entries is Friday 19 July 2019 at 6pm. For full details visit www.niioc.com.

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