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INTERNATIONAL ORGAN COMPETITION
SAINT-MAURICE, VALAIS, SWITZERLAND

To honour the memory of the distinguished Swiss organist Georges Cramer (1909-1981), the foundation bearing his name is organi­s­ing the ninth International Organ Competition in the Abbey of Saint-Maurice, Switzerland.
For many years Georges Cramer was the ­church organist of Saint-François in Lausanne and also an unforgettable master of the Conservatoire in the same town. Through his outstanding teaching he handed down all the richness of both French and Ger­man traditions which he had himself inherited from his masters William Montillet, Emile Blanchet, Otto Barblan.

The Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC).

It will be held in Saint-Maurice (Valais) and in Lausanne, Switzerland in August 2017.

 

THE CHURCH ORGAN AT SAINT-FRANÇOIS, LAUSANNE

A great instrument of 75 stops and 5 keyboards, rebuilt by Kuhn (1995), mechanical traction assisted for couplers by Kuhn levers

 

THE CHURCH ORGANS IN SAINT-MAURICE/CH

For this competition the town of Saint-Maurice has placed two instruments – built by Kuhn –
at the organists’ disposal:

  • Abbey Church (built 1950): 3 keyboards, 72 stops,
    mechanical traction assisted by Barker levers;

  • Saint-Sigismond Church (built 2001): 2 keyboards, 27 stops, mechanical traction.

These two remarkable instruments possess nu­­merous elec­tronic combinations.
The competitors will thus play without ­assistance. To turn over pages: on special request.
Competitors will be able to practise on smaller church organs according to a prearranged schedule on request.