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Northern Ireland International Organ Competition


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

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The 2016 Competition


The 6th Northern Ireland International Organ Competition will take place in Armagh between Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 August 2016



As part of our continuing commitment to provide young organists, aged 21 and under, with world-class opportunities, NIIOC is delighted to announce that this year the winner of the Senior Competition will be on their way to NEW YORK for a prize recital at St Thomas church 5th Ave NYC. The package includes a £650 flight subsidy, in addition to the £1,000 first prize sum, with accommodation provided by St. Thomas’. Add Westminster Abbey, Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, St Columb's Cathedral Londonderry and a recital with the Royal College of Organists to the mix, and it’s the prize package of the year for all aspiring professionals.



The 2016 Competition Jury 


The Chair of this year's jury will be the international concert organist Professor Martin Jean (Professor of Organ, Yale). He will be joined by Dr David Adams (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin), and Dr David Hill



MARTIN JEAN is one of the world's finest concert organists. He has performed widely throughout the US and Europe and is known for his wide repertoire interests. He was awarded first place at the international Grand Prix de Chartres in 1986, and in 1992 at the The American Guild of Organists National Young Artists' Competition.

In 2001 he presented a cycle of the complete organ works of Bach at Yale, and his compact discs of The Seven Last Words of Christ by Charles Tournemire and the complete Six Symphonies of Louis Vierne, have been released by Loft Recordings. Recordings of the organ symphonies and Stations of the Cross of Marcel Dupré are forthcoming on the Delos label. 




Monday 22 - Senior Competition 2pm & 7pm

Tuesday 23 - Junior Competition 10am

Tuesday 23 - Intermediate Competition 2.30pm 

Tuesday 23 - Masterclass 7pm

Wednesday 24 - Workshop  2pm


Previous Winners:

2011: Ben Comeau

2012: Ben Bloor

2013: Richard Gowers

2014: Andrew Forbes

2015: Alex Hamilton 






with Dr David Adams
(Royal Irish Academy of Music)


Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 10:30am - 1.00pm

St Malachy's Church, Armagh


The 2016 organ workshop is being run as part of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition programme. The event, which will use the two-manual and pedal organ by Wells Kennedy in St Malachy's Church, will provide a valuable opportunity for performance and discussion in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Whilst the workshop is being held on the same day as the Junior and Intermediate Competitions, it is open also to young organists at a relatively-early stage in their organ studies who may not wish to enter for the competitions. Those interested are encouraged to prepare 17th/18th-century repertoire. To reserve a place, please email info@niioc.com

Participants in the workshop will each receive a copy of Bach's Orgelbüchlein. A bursary of £100 may be awarded to the student who displays most promise.


Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust

(Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC 102923/Inland Revenue XO 1403/94)


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.



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