Organist James O’Donnell at St Albans Abbey

ORGANIST and master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey, James O’Donnell is giving the first concert in the International Organ Festival Society’s concert series at St Albans Abbey next Saturday, September 17.

James is also president of the Royal College of Organists and was previously master of music at Westminster Cathedral for 12 years. In recognition he was awarded the papal honour of Knight Commander of the order of St Gregory.

He studied the organ with Peter Hurford, Nicholas Kynaston and David Sanger and has appeared in concert all over the world as well as in the UK.

His programme for the concert, which starts at 5.30pm, will include music by Francis Pott, De Grigny, Alain, Heiller, Saint-Saens and Durufle.

Admission to the concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the International Organ Festival Society. Afterwards the audience will have an opportunity to meet James.

Full details of all the concerts in the 2011/12 season can be found at