Major Opportunity for Teenage Organists
The London Organ Competition 2017
For the second year and in association with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, The Organ Club is promoting a competition on Thursday 28th December 2017 (Junior Section) and Friday 29th December 2017 (Senior Section) at St Clement Danes Church, Strand, London WC2A 2JR. The competition will take place during the day, and applications are invited from young organ students up to the age of 19.
Applications are invited from competitors for the following two categories:
1) Senior Section (ages 17-19 on Friday 29th December 2017)
Prizes: First Prize – £1000; Second Prize – £500
Competitors will be required to play a piece by J S Bach and a second piece of their own choice, the total performance to last no longer than 16 minutes. The performance must be preceded by a short spoken introduction providing information of interest to the audience.
The first and second prize winners will be given free entry to the Northern Ireland International Competition to take place in Armagh in August 2018 with opportunities for further prizes and prestigious recitals.
2) Junior Section (ages 16 and under on Thursday 28th December 2017)
Prizes: First Prize – £500 ; two prizes of £200 for the best performance by a competitor in each age group of up to 14, 15 and 16, excluding the age group of the winner.
Competitors will be required to play a piece by J S Bach and a second piece of their own choice, the total performance to last no longer than 12 minutes. The performance must be preceded by a short spoken introduction providing information of interest to the audience.
The first prize winner will be given free entry to the Northern Ireland International Competition to take place in Armagh in August 2018 with opportunities for further prizes and prestigious recitals.
Michael Butterfield has recently commenced postgraduate studies in organ at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington. He was previously the Assistant Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, where he was the main accompanist for the Cathedral Choir which maintains a schedule of regular services and concerts. He also directed the St Mary’s Singers, and regularly conducted the professional lay clerks and scholar choir. He has recently completed his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium where he studied organ performance with Philip Swanton and accompanied the Conservatorium Chamber Choir and performed with the Early Music Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.
How to Enter
An Entry form should be downloaded and returned, with a cheque enclosed (if applicable – see Rules and Conditions below) by Monday 6 November 2017. They may be sent by post to the address below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 Pridmore Close
Peterborough PE8 5EY
For shortlisted candidates, one copy of each piece (not a photocopy) must be made available to the Competition Administrator at least 30 minutes before the start of the category. A preparation time of 15 minutes will be allocated to each candidate on the organ of St Clement Danes during the morning of the Competition.
Rules and Conditions
The competition is administered by The Organ Club. 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.
Entry is free to Organ Club OCSO members. The fee for non-members is the OCSO joining fee of £10 which gives one year’s student membership of The Organ Club.
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.
Page turners will be allowed to offer reasonable assistance with registration.
Official photographs will be taken and may be used in future publicity about the competition.
All competitors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
Harrison & Harrison, 1958
|Pedal||Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high f1 Keys 30|
|Choir||Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61|
|Great||Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61|
|Swell||Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61 Enclosed|
Console type Detached
Stop type Drawstop
Label font Sans Serif
Pedalboard Radiating Concave
Console placed on North gallery facing into Nave; couplers engraved red; angled jambs; builder’s plate on console
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell to Choir
Choir to Great
Choir to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Results of the 1st London Organ Competition 2016
Senior Section (Ages 17-19)
1st Prize: Michael Stephens-Jones (St Edmunds College, Ware; Organ Scholar, All Saints Church, Hertford)
2nd Prize: Nicholas Edwards (RGS Guildford)
Junior Section (Ages 13-16)
1st Prize: Paul Greally (Watford Boys Grammar School; Organ Scholar, St John’s Church, Pinner)
Joint 2nd Prize: Sophie Dunley (Cheltenham Ladies College); Sam Jones (RGS Guildford)
3rd Prize: Emily Nott (St Catherine’s School, Bramley)