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

 
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The Competition Categories

Entry for the 2017 Competition is now closed. The competition was held between Monday 21 - Wed 23 August 2017.
Applications closed Friday 28 July 2017 at 2pm.

Rehearsals took place in Armagh between Saturday 19 and Monday 21 August.

The competition jury for 2017 included Thomas Trotter , Malcolm Proud & David Hill - click on their names for more info
For rules and conditions click here

 

Senior Competition - Post-grade 8

Venue: St Patricks Cathedral

Closing date for applications: Friday 28 July 2017 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 Package:
£1,000 and a £650 New York Flight Subsidy
Winner's trophy

With 6 public recitals hosted by:
St. Thomas' Fifth Avenue, New York
Westminster Abbey
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Manchester Cathedral
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth
A Royal College of Organists 'Raise Your Game' Recital
 

And significant media opportunities

2nd Prize:
£500 Prize
With a hosted recital at Southwark Cathedral, London

3rd Prize:
A £200 Prize
A hosted recital at St. Michael's Cornhill, London

Bach Prize:
A £100 Prize will be awarded for the most outstanding performance of Bach in this category

How to enter

NIIOC is limiting the 2017 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 28 July 2017. 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 28 July 2017 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 performance opportunity hosted by St.Peter's Cathedral, Belfast

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 28 July 2017 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
£200 - With a performance opportunity hosted by St.Peter's Cathedral, Belfast

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