The final round of the Incorporated Association of Organists-Royal College of Organists Organ Playing Competition for organists between the ages of 18 and 26 years was held July 23–24 in St. Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh, UK, as part of the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) Festival 2022.
Charles Francis, an undergraduate student at Birmingham Conservatoire, was presented the first prize of £1,000 plus recitals opportunities. Second prize of £500 was presented to Jonas Schauer, a student at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig; the third prize (£200) was given to Ashley Wagner, assistant head of music at Birmingham Cathedral.
The jury included John Kitchen, IAO president and president-elect of the Royal College of Organists (RCO); David Hill, current RCO president; and Naji Hakim.
For information: iao.org.uk and rco.org.uk.
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