Project information

St Albans Organ Competitions 2014 and beyond

To provide funding for these world-leading competitions in 2015, and build an endowment fund to secure their future.

June 2014 - July 2015

Charity information: The International Organ Festival Society Ltd

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  • Need


    The St Albans Organ Competitions are recognised as arguably the world's premier organ competition, providing a springboard for students as they move from their conservatoires into the profession. Many past winners of the competitions have have become world renowned organists at the top of the profession, and acknowledge a debt to the St Albans competitions.
    The objective is to secure funding for these competitions, the associated festival and educational events.


    Securing funding will ensure the future of the festival competitions. In addition they enrich and provide education within the artistic life of St Albans, alongside a Music & Arts Festival, and a regular annual series of Organ Recitals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To secure funding for the 2015 St Albans Organ Competitions


    » Seeking donations and event sponsorship from individuals, trusts, corporates and local government
    » Building membership of the Society and associated subscriptions
    » Concert ticket and other sales
    » Advertising revenue

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising required funds and allowing the competitions in 2015 to take place with no compromise on their established quality and reputation.

    Aim 2

    To build an endowment fund for long term funding of the competitions


    » Obtaining significant donations and legacies from individuals, trusts, and corporates.

    What success will look like

    Success will be achieving an endowment capital, easing the two year fund raising cycle, required to run the festival and competitions.

  • Impact


    Not just continuance but enhancement of the competitions, but promotion of the arts (especially organ music) and musical education and appreciation at all levels.
    The best evidence of the impact of the competitions is to follow the careers of prizewinners.
    Access to fine arts and music in a local area assists the well-being of a community.


    The recent financial climate, has made access to funding from trusts and other benefactors more difficult to achieve.
    A number of members of the society and other donors offer to underwrite particular concerts and aspects of the festival and competitions, but this is not a sustainable funding model.


    On request, on a 1-1 basis.
    Annual Report to members, also published on Charity Commission website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Jury competition jury - accommodation, fees, travel
      £15,000 Prizes (part funded by sponsorship)
      £15,000 Administration (office and personnel)
      £20,000 Venue Hire (churches, etc)
      £50,000 Festival (part funded by Ticket Sales)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various Trusts and Gifts £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    St Albans


    Music students worldwide, local community and artistic health of St Albans and surrounding area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Already established with a world-wide reputation; the St Albans Organ Competitions could not exist as such elsewhere, and are ingrained in the culture of the City and Society members, .
    Availability and commitment of local community and resources (e.g. cathedral churches and organs)
    Skills of associated personnel

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Titterington

    Artistic Director

    Stephen Boffey


    Colin Hamling

    Director and Competitions Secretary