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Northern Ireland International Organ Competition


Patrons: Mark Duley, David Hill, James O'Donnell, Dame Gillian Weir

Westminster Abbey


The 2015 Competition


The 5th Northern Ireland International Organ Competition will take place in Armagh between Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 August 2015


The Chair of this year's jury will be Erwan le Prado. He will be joined by Prof David Graham (Professor in charge of Organ, Royal College of Music, London), and Dr David Hill 


Monday 24 - Senior Competition 

Tuesday 25 - Junior and Intermediate Competition, with Workshop and Masterclass

Wednesday 26 - Workshop 

News release
Young organists called to pull out the stops 

Fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition launched

May 2015

The world's leading young organists, aged 21 and under, are pulling out the stops to compete for a prize pot worth over £2000 following the launch of this year's Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC). Taking place from 24th-26th August in Armagh, also up for grabs are performance opportunities at landmarks including Westminster Abbey.

The celebrity judging panel includes some of the most highly respected names in organ music today. Erwan Le Prado, renowned teacher at the Caen Conservatoire and organist "co-titulaire" at the famous Cavaillé-Coll in Abbatiale Saint-Etienne of Caen has been confirmed as the Chair of the Jury, joined by Prof David Graham and David Hill.

The closing date is 2pm on Tuesday 28th July 2015.


Full press release (pdf) 

Tuesday 25 August – St. Malachy’s Church, Armagh – FREE EVENT

Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust Workshop with Prof David Graham: 11am-1.30pm in St. Malachy’s Church


The Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust was established in 1995 in memory of the late Charles Edward Henry John Baron Dunleath (1933-1993) who exercised a valuable influence on organ design and construction in Ireland.  The Trust provides support for young organists, resident in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, to enable them to pursue their interest in the organ.


Participants in the workshop are encouraged to prepare 17th/18th-century repertoire. To reserve a place, please email us at info@niioc.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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