Northern Ireland International Organ Competition
Patrons: Mark Duley, David Hill, James O'Donnell, Dame Gillian Weir
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
25 - Intermediate Competition 2.30pm
Tuesday 25 - Masterclass 7pm
Wednesday 26 - Workshop 2pm
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:
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 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.
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.
The 2014 Winners
The Competition Jury was made up of Frédéric Blanc (chair), David Hill and Malcolm Wisener, and the following
were prize winners:
Andrew Forbes (St.Mary's
£1,000 (Sponsored by Cormont Music)
A Professional CD recording
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
Donal McCann (Methodist College, Belfast)
£250 (sponsored by Greens Foodfare)Recital in Southwark Cathedral
Simon Holzworth (Germany)
(£100 Sponsored by Down Music Club)
Bartosz Theide (Newry)
Thomas Maxwell (Dublin)
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