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The 30th St Albans International Organ Festival

The 30th St Albans International Organ Festival

The internationally renowned St Albans International Organ Festival is preparing to welcome visitors to St Albans from all around the world in July – celebrating organ music and much more.

This will be the thirtieth Festival, and its two-week programme will take place across St Albans between 9 and 20 July.

Highlights will include:

  • Howard Blake 80th Birthday Concert: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St Albans Bach Choir perform an all-Blake programme centred around his dramatic oratorio Benedictus, and the premiere of a new a capella arrangement of Walking in the Air
  • Three Choirs Concert: The combined Boys’, Girls’, Men’s and Women’s Choirs of St Albans Cathedral, Jesus College Cambridge and Salisbury Cathedral
  • Rachel Podger headlines a series of late-night Concerts by Candlelight; plus David Hill and David Ponsford harpsichord duo, and the Choir of King’s College London
  • Simon Callow and Carducci String Quartet: The award-winning actor reads TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, interspersed with Beethoven’s late opus 132 string quartet
  • Concerto Final: James O’Donnell directs St James’ Baroque in works by Handel including Concertos performed by our three Interpretation Competition finalists
  • Catherine Wyn-Rogers: best-loved English songs, performed by one of our leading singers
  • Il Pegaso: Leading Italian early music ensemble present recently discovered works by Monteverdi and Frescobaldi The Cabinet of Dr Caligari: Organ and live electronics to the classic German silent film of 1920
  • Bach Corners: Lunchtime concerts by outstanding young organists
  • Plus jury recitals, the ever-popular art exhibition, jazz at Lussmann’s and more, all centred around arguably the world’s leading organ competition.

Tickets are on sale now from St Albans Cathedral’s Box Office. You can find more details at

by Philip Kenchington, - 03/06/2019 00:00


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