SOA Young Organists’ Competition

The first competition took place in May 2021, and was adjudicated by Professor Stephen Darlington MBE, formerly Organist and Tutor in Music at Christ Church, Oxford. The 2021 competition took place online, with competitors submitting video files of their performances, although in future years we intend to run the competition live.

The competition is for any young organists aged eighteen and under, wherever they receive their organ tuition, and has three classes:

Advanced (Grade 8+) - £75 prize sponsored by The Royal College of Organists

Two pieces, contrasting in style and period, lasting not more than twelve minutes.

Intermediate (Grade 6-7) - £50 prize sponsored by Viscount Organs Wales (Chorum 40)

One or two pieces lasting between five and seven minutes

Novice (Grades 1-5) - £25 prize sponsored by Viscount Organs Wales (Chorum 40S)

One piece

Full details, including the rules of the competition and details of how to submit video files, are here; this will be updated for the 2022 competition and subsequent years.