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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 2pm & 7pm

Tuesday 25 - Junior Competition 10am

Tuesday 25 - Intermediate Competition 2.30pm 

Tuesday 25 - Masterclass 7pm

Wednesday 26 - Workshop  2pm

see http://www.charleswoodsummerschool.org

 

News release

Winner Announced
Fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

 

19 year old Alexander Hamilton, organ scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor, has won the Senior category of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC) held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh this week.  His prize is £1000 and a range of concert and recording engagements including Trinity College Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast and Christ Church, Dublin.

 

The judging panel included some of the most highly respected names in organ music: Erwan Le Prado, from Caen Conservatoire was joined by Professor David Graham from the Royal  College of Music and David Hill, chief conductor of the BBC Singers.  They praised the standard and musicianship of the competitors and the variety of their programmes.

 

Richard Yarr, chair of NIIOC, said:  “We are recognised as the go-to competition for organists aged 21 and under. Our previous four winners are ambassadors for NIIOC and have begun accomplished careers in music. Alexander Hamilton is set to be another." Alex will become Junior Organ Scholar at Trinity, Cambridge next month.

 

Pictured at the 2015 NIIOC:

 

2015 winner with members of the jury 

David Graham, Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music; Alexander Hamilton, winner of the 2015 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and organ scholar at St George’s Chapel Windsor; Erwan le Prado, chair of the Jury from Caen Conservatoire, and David Hill, chief conductor of the BBC Singers.

 

Alexander Hamilton, winner of the 2015 NIIOC

Alexander Hamilton, winner of the 2015 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and organ scholar at St George’s Chapel Windsor. 

 

Second in the Senior Class and winner of the Stephen Corry Award for a stand-out performance of any piece except Bach was Laurence Long, a student at the Royal College of Music. Third, and winner of the Bach Prize, was Yanis Dubois, from Caen Conservatoire. Highly Commended was Henry Brearley from Stockport Grammar School. 

 

Intermediate Class winner: Matthew Breen from Dublin.

 

Junior Class winner: Thomas Maxwell from Dublin. Niall Barrett, also from Dublin, was Highly Commended. 

 

Sponsors: This year’s major sponsors include Cormont Music, Wells-Kennedy Organ Partnership; Green’s Foodfare, Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust and Morrow Communications.  

 

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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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