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The 2014 Competition - Winner announced

 

Top young organists were showcased in Armagh this week in a spectacular demonstration of some of the best musical talent from across Europe. Chosen from nine shortlisted and high calibre entries, the winner of the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition was Andrew Forbes, organ scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh. He takes away a prize of £1000, and concert engagements which include Westminster Abbey, Trinity College Cambridge and St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. 

 

NIIOC chair, Richard Yarr, said that he was delighted with the response to the competition this year. “Word about the value of this competition has spread throughout the organ world and past winners have gone on to play at the highest level. It’s another first for Northern Ireland and we are leading the way internationally.” 

 

Pictured, Chair of the NIIOC Jury, Frédéric Blanc with the Lord Mayor of Armagh City & District, Cathy Rafferty, and Simon Holzwarth from Germany who came third in the competition.

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(L-R) Chair of the Jury, Frédéric Blanc is pictured with the Lord Mayor of Armagh City & District, Cathy Rafferty, and Donal McCann, a student at Methodist College Belfast, who came second in the competition.

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(L-R) Chair of the Jury, Frédéric Blanc is pictured with the Lord Mayor of Armagh City & District, Cathy Rafferty, and Donal McCann, a student at Methodist College Belfast who came second in the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. He won £250 and a hosted recital in Southwark Cathedral in London. This prize was sponsored by Greens Foodfare in Lisburn.

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(L-R) Cathy Rafferty, Lord Mayor of Armagh City & District, Andrew Forbes, first place, organ scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh; David Hill, judge; Donal McCann, second place, Methodist College Belfast; Frédéric Blanc, judge; Simon Holzwarth, Aalen, Germany, third place; Malcolm Wisener, judge and Glen Dempsey, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, highly commended and winner of the Bach prize.

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Elizabeth Bicker, Down Music Club is pictured with Glen Dempsey, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, highly commended and winner of the Bach prize, which was sponsored by Down Music Club.

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Malcolm Monteith (L) and Stephen Corry (R) from Cormont music, who sponsored the senior class and provided professional quality recordings of all the competitors, are pictured with the first prize winner 21 year old Andrew Forbes, organ scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh.

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David McElderry from Wells Kennedy Partnership, organ builders in Lisburn, is pictured with Andrew Forbes, winner of the senior class and organ scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh and Richard Yarr, chair of NIIOC.

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(L-R) Gillian Morrow, NIIOC and Donal McCann winner of the second prize of £250 and a recital in Southwark Cathedral, London, with Rowan Black of Greens Foodfare, sponsors of the prize.

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Pictured, Andrew Forbes, first prize winner in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and organ scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh.

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Pictured, Andrew Forbes, first prize winner in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and organ scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh.

CREDIT: LiamMcArdle.com

 


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The 2014 Winners

The Competition Jury was made up of Frédéric Blanc (chair), David Hill and Malcolm Wisener, and the following were prize winners:

 
1st Prize

Andrew Forbes (St.Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh)

 

£1,000 (Sponsored by Cormont Music)

A Professional CD recording

A Professional filmed promotional video

 

Hosted recitals in: Westminster Abbey, Trinity College Cambridge and St, Anne's Cathedral Belfast and a lunchtime recital in Worcester Cathedral

2nd Prize
Donal McCann (Methodist College, Belfast)
 
£250 (sponsored by Greens Foodfare)
Recital in Southwark Cathedral 
3rd Prize
Simon Holzworth (Germany)
Bach Prize
Glen Dempsey
 
(£100 Sponsored by Down Music Club)

 

Intermediate Category:
1st Prize
Bartosz Theide (Newry)
 

 

Junior Category:
1st Prize
Thomas Maxwell (Dublin)
 

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