Everything you need to know about the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

 
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The Competition Categories

The competition will be held between Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 August 2018.
Applications must be in by Friday 20 July 2018 at 2pm

Our 2018 jury is Dame Gillian Weir, David Hill & Martin Ennis
For rules and conditions click here

 

Senior Competition - Post-grade 8

Venue: St Patricks Cathedral

Closing date for applications: Friday 20 July 2018 at 2pm
Entry Cost: £50/€60

*Previous winners cannot enter this competition.

Reportoire: Own Choice - A balanced 20-minute programme, consisting of at least three pieces and including a major work of JS Bach (or part of). The programme should also demonstrate stylistic and textural variety, and be of Diploma level.

Prizes

1st Prize:

£1,500 and promoted recitals at 5 internationally-acclaimed venues –

St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York
Westminster Abbey, London
Stockholm Cathedral
King’s College, Cambridge
St Michael's Church, Dún Laoghaire

2nd Prize:
£500 and promoted recitals at 2 internationally-acclaimed venues

Notre-Dame-d'Auteuil, Paris
Trinity College, Cambridge

3rd Place:
£200 and promoted recitals at 2 internationally-acclaimed venues

St. Michael’s Cornhill, London
St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Bach Prize:
£200 and a Bach Corner Recital at the 2019 St Albans International Organ Festival
 

Dame Gillian Weir Medal:
This bespoke medal, created by the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University, has been commissioned by NIIOC to celebrate the exceptional work of our Patron Dame Gillian Weir both as a musician and educator. This inaugural medal will be presented in person by Dame Gillian for the performance of a single work which she considers the most outstanding in the Senior category.


How to enter
NIIOC is limiting the 2018 Senior Category to 12 competitors. In light of this, competitors are asked to submit a performance CD not exceeding 10 minutes. It must include a performance of JS Bach and any other work(s) of choice. This CD should be submitted with the Competition Application form and should have your name and pieces clearly marked on it.

Applicant CDs will be passed to the NIIOC adjudication panel for shortlisting purposes and those shortlisted will be contacted on Friday 27 July 2018. We are happy to accept MP3 or mobile recordings for shortlisting, as an alternative to a CD.

 

Intermediate Category - Grades 6-8

Venue: St Patricks Cathedral

Closing date for applications: Friday 20 July 2018 at 2pm
Entry Cost: £35/€45

Previous winners can enter this competition. Applicants should not have gained an organ diploma.

Reportoire: Own Choice - Please provide a balanced programme of 2-3 pieces, lasting no more than 12 minutes.

Prize

£300
With a prize recital at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

How to enter
No shortlisting recordings are required for the Intermediate and Junior Categories.

 

Junior Category - Grades 4-5

Venue: St. Malachy's Church

Closing date for applications: Friday 20 July 2018 at 2pm
Entry Cost: £35/€45

Previous winners can enter this competition. Applicants should not have Grade 6 organ or above.

Reportoire: Own Choice - Please provide a balanced programme of 2-3 pieces, lasting no more than 8 minutes.

Prize
£300
With a prize recital at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

How to enter
No shortlisting recordings are required for the Intermediate and Junior Categories.

The Organ of St Patrick's (C of I) Cathedral, Armagh

St. Malachy's Church Organ, Armagh