International Organ Festival

St Albans International Organ Festival

The 29th St Albans International Organ Festival has announced its programme and, as you would expect from this prestigious event, many internationally recognised stars will be performing. Talented local artists also feature heavily, including St Albans teenager Julian Trevelyan, Harpenden-based Amici Voices, St Albans Cathedral Choir, St Albans Bach Choir and the St Albans Mosaic Chamber Choir.

Events will take place from 10 to 22 July in historic venues all across St Albans and also in prestigious London concert halls, and tickets are now on sale.

Dates Monday 10th July to Saturday 22nd July 2017
Programme Large-scale events at St Albans Cathedral include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Church and St Albans Cathedral. Handel’s Messiah will be conducted by Laurence Cummings in the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire’s Charity Concert, performed by London Handel Festival Orchestra and two St Albans-based choirs with internationally acclaimed vocal soloists.

The Festival’s programme of solo and ensemble music features renowned artists alongside young up-and-coming performers. Events include four late-night performances by candlelight in St Michael’s Church – the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon building in the country – and the Festival’s long-established Bach Corner series with four free lunchtime concerts in St Albans Cathedral. .

Renowned pianist Barry Douglas will perform a programme including Schubert’s D960 sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; Young People’s Puppet Theatre and Beaumont School will present collaborative performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Competition At the heart of the Festival is the organ competition. The distinguished jury members will each also perform over the course of the Festival.
More Other events will include an Art Exhibition in 14th-century Kingsbury Barn and an expanding Fringe across the city centre in the ten days leading up to the Festival.
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Further information
Tel: 01727 846126 (booking line)
Web: www.organfestival.com

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