2018 Competition Entry is open!
How to enter
The closing date for entries for all three categories is Friday 20 July 2018 at 2pm.
Northern Ireland International Organ Competition
c/o Armagh Visitor Information Centre
40 English Street
Rules and conditions
The competition is administered by the Committee of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. The Committee reserves the right to amend the rules as it deems necessary.
The decision of the Jury is final. No correspondence will be entered into. It is possible that prizes may not be awarded if an appropriate standard is not met.
Each competitor may enter one competition category only. The first prize winner in the Senior Category is not eligible to compete in subsequent competitions. However, winners of other sections are eligible to enter classes which they have previously won.
Entries must be accompanied by the full entry fee and no accepted entry fee will be refunded. Payment can only be made by cheque. We regret that we do not have credit card facilities.
Any instructions given by the Committee must be strictly observed.
The competition shall be open for the public to attend and the use of cameras, video cameras and sound recorders during the competition is prohibited.
For the Junior and Intermediate Category:
The Junior Category for players of Grades 4-5 standard takes place on Tuesday 14 August in St Malachy’s Church, Armagh. Applicants must not have Grade 6 organ or above. There is a free choice of repertoire for recitals which must consist of two or three pieces, lasting in total no more than eight minutes.
The Intermediate Category for players of Grades 6-8 standard takes place on Tuesday 14 August in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh. Applicants should not have gained an organ diploma. There is a free choice of repertoire for recitals which must consist of two or three pieces, lasting in total no more than 12 minutes.
For the Senior Category:
The Senior Category for Post-Grade 8 players takes place on Monday 13 August in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh. Entrants must perform a balanced 20-minute programme, consisting of at least three pieces and including a major work of J S Bach. The first prize for 2018 will be increased from £1,000 to £1,500.
Entry is limited to 12 competitors, chosen on the basis of CD or MP3 recordings which must be submitted with application forms.
Each applicant in this category is required 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.
If shortlisted, three copies of each piece must be made available to the Competition Administrator no later than one week prior to the competition. Responsibility for obtaining the necessary permission to copy music rests with the competitor.
Page turners will be allowed to offer reasonable assistance with registration.
The order of performance will be decided by a draw, conducted by the Committee.
Applications close Friday 20 July 2018 at 2pm.
We will be happy to suggest accommodation to all competitors when application forms are received.