Northern Ireland International Organ Competition



Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

Our association with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition will continue in 2019. Young organists will have an opportunity to compete for awards totalling over £2000, with the bonus of prestigious recital appearances for the winner of the Senior category.

The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition was established in 2011 to provide talented young organists, aged 21 and under, with major recital engagements, financial support and recording opportunities. It is now recognised as the world’s leading international competition for young organists and is officially partnered with the St. Albans International Organ Festival.

Since NIIOC began recital venues have included St. Thomas Fifth Avenue New York, Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, St. Columb’s Cathedral Londonderry, Trinity College Cambridge, Canongate Kirk Edinburgh, St. Peter Mancroft Norwich, St. Peter’s Cathedral Belfast, Worcester Cathedral and St. Michael's Cornhill London.

I have very much enjoyed taking part in the NIIOC. It is the third competition I have entered and this has been my biggest success. It is good for me to get to know this kind of organ which is quite different from the instruments we have in Germany, especially because of the shape of the pedalboard
— Sebastian Heindl (Germany), 2017 NIIOC Senior Winner