Heroes in homage to David Bowie

July 11th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Heroes in homage to David Bowie

St Albans and Harpenden have a wealth of festivals but one that might not have been so readily spotted runs from 10-22nd July. The St Albans International Organ Festival hosts what is arguably the world’s leading organ competition and earlier prize-winners of the competition include many of today’s most influential organists.
Founded in 1963 by the distinguished organist Peter Hurford OBE the festival attracts leading performers from around the world together with very best young organists.  There are also Large-scale events include the ever-popular Three Choirs concert, Handel’s Messiah in the High Sheriff’s Charity Concert at St Albans Cathedral, and a special collaborative performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Young People’s Puppet Theatre and Beaumont School.
The biennial festival runs for two weeks and celebrates a lot more than just the organ competition. Alongside the diverse mix of large-scale and intimate organ concerts there are, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone. So you’ll find that the Fringe events are brimming with fun, activity and music for all tastes and all ages. Now it its 29th year the St Albans International Organ Festival’s theme is Popular Music Icons – Heroes in homage to David Bowie.
The events take place in lots of different locations but the main focus is the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans.  Other venues spread out across our beautiful historic city of St Albans. Some London venues even host additional competition rounds and performances of the St Albans International Organ Festival.