Everything you need to know about the 2018 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

 
MAIN ORGAN HEADER2.jpg

The Competition Categories & Prizes


For rules and conditions click here

 

Senior Competition - Post-grade 8

Venue: St Patricks Cathedral

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
Royal College of Organists TOSE recital in Oxford 2019

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

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

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.

 

Intermediate Category - Grades 6-8

Venue: St Patricks Cathedral

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

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 2018 Jury

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dame Gillian Weir is unable to chair the 2018 NIIOC jury. We are delighted to have secured the skills of Catherine Ellis. Catherine is an international organ recitalist, teacher and Director of Musis at St. Lawrence Jewry in the City of London, and past President of the Royal College of Organists. She will award the Dame Gillian Weir Medal on her behalf, and will also deliver the advertised masterclass and workshop.

David Hill is widely known as one of the leading choral directors in the UK. His fine musicianship is recognised by his appointments as Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of the Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest Conductor of The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum. He is also artistic director of the Charles Wood Festival and Summer School, Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Born in Carlisle and educated at Chetham’s School of Music, of which he is now a Governor, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the remarkably young age of 17. Having been Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, David Hill returned to hold the post of Director of Music from 2004-2007. His other appointments have included Master of the Music at Winchester Cathedral, Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral and Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southampton for Services to Music.

David Hill has a broad-ranging discography covering repertoire from Thomas Tallis to a number of world premiere recordings. As well as achieving prestigious Grammy and Gramophone Awards, many of his discs have been recommended as Critic’s Choices. His ongoing series of English choral music for Naxos has received particular acclaim, including being shortlisted for the 2010 Gramophone Awards. He is also well known as an orchestral conductor in the UK and beyond.

Martin Ennis is Senior Lecturer in Music at the Faculty of Music and Fellow and Director of Music at Girton College, Cambridge. He began his higher education as Organ Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and on graduating pursued further studies first at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and later back in Cambridge. From 1989-90 he was Director of Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and in 1990 he was appointed inaugural Pilkington Fellow at Girton College. He joined the permanent staff of the Cambridge Music Faculty in 1994. From 2002 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the Music Faculty.

Martin Ennis combines his university life with a busy career as a performer, specialising as a continuo player. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he has been a prizewinner at several international competitions. In addition to his work as the principal keyboard player of the London Mozart Players he has performed with such groups as the Monteverdi Choir (for their 25th anniversary concert), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Kölner Bach-Collegium, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York. He has made many recordings, including a first concerto recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


 

The 2018 Competitors

The following organists will compete for monetary awards, international recitals and the inaugural Dame Gillian Weir Medal on Monday 13 August, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh:

Francesco Botti (Italy)
Ilaria Centorrino (Italy)
Xiaoting Chang (China)
Barbara Cornet (France)
Amelie Held (Germany)
George Herbert (UK)
Ismaele Gatti (Switzerland)

Johannes Krahl (Germany)
Alex Little (UK)
Donal McCann (UK)
Will Peart (UK)
Pierre-François Purson (France)
Josh Roebuck (UK)

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

St. Malachy's Church Organ, Armagh