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Brian Runnett Prize Competition 2017

The Brian Runnett Prize for organ playing is open to all Junior Members of the University, and the competition will take place on Thursday 21 February 2017 in St John’s College Chapel.  

Competition details

  • Candidates will be required to play one work from List A and one work from List B:

List A

Byrd                    Fantasia in A minor (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, vol 1, no LII, Dover Edition p 188; no repeats)
Buxtehude          Präludium in F sharp minor (BuxWV 146)
J.S. Bach              Fugue in C BWV (564iii)
J.S. Bach             ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich’ (BWV 682)
J.S. Bach              Prelude and Fugue in G (BWV 541)
J.S. Bach              Prelude in E Flat major (BWV 552)

List B

Franck                Choral no 2
Widor                 Symphony no. 6 (First movement, Allegro)
Howells              Rhapsody no. 3
Messiaen            Sortie (Messe de la Pentecôte)
Hindemith          Sonata II
Messiaen            Les Bergers (La Nativité du Seigneur)


  • The St John’s College Chapel Organ will be available for practice (two hours per candidate) during the fortnight before the Competition.
  • Intending candidates should inform Caroline Marks, Choir Administrator ( by Friday 20 January 2017.
  • In the event of a large entry, a short-listing procedure will be implemented.
  • There will be three adjudicators: Mr David Dunnett, Mr Geraint Bowen and Mr John Challenger.
  • The value of the prize is £800.