Northern Ireland International Organ Competition
Patrons: Mark Duley, David Hill, James O'Donnell, Dame Gillian Weir
The 2016 Competition
The 6th Northern Ireland International Organ Competition will take place in Armagh between Monday 22 and Wednesday
24 August 2016
St Albans International Organ Festival and Northern Ireland International Organ Competition
announce new partnership
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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
Tuesday 23 - Intermediate Competition 2.30pm
Tuesday 23 - Masterclass 7pm
Wednesday 24 - Workshop 2pm
2011: Ben Comeau
2012: Ben Bloor
2013: Richard Gowers
2015: Alex Hamilton
DUNLEATH ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
with Dr David Adams
(Royal Irish Academy of Music)
Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 10:30am - 1.00pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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