St Albans International Organ Festival Begins
Today, Monday 10th July, marks the official start of the St Albans International Organ Festival which includes one of the world’s leading organ competitions. For the next two weeks, there will be a number of events held in the Cathedral as well as in several venues across St Albans and London. The biennial festival will be a celebration of organ music and more, with a variety of large scale concerts, exhibitions, fringe events and more, the festival has something for everyone.
Highlights of the festival are set to include The High Sheriff’s Charity Concert at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm. The event will see the St Albans Bach Choir, Mosaic Chamber Choir and the London Handel Festival Orchestra joined by soloists for a performance of Handel’s much loved English-language oratorio. Also at the Cathedral will be one of the most eagerly anticipated festival events, the Three Choirs Concert featuring the choirs of St Albans Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Temple Church. The event will take place on Monday 17th July at 7.30pm and will feature spectacular music for choir and organ.
The festival will also feature some of the world’s most talented young organists for performances around St Albans and London, culminating in the final rounds at St Albans Cathedral on Friday 21st July at 7pm and at London’s St John’s Smith Square on Saturday 22nd July at 7.20pm. There will also be a number of 30 minute recitals held in the Cathedral throughout the duration of the festival as well as jury recitals in local churches.
This year, there is a new addition to the festival programme with the introduction of intimate candlelight performances on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Those are just a few of the highlights, but for more information, details of how to book tickets and a full programme of events visit www.organfestival.com.