Charles Wood Festival of Music & Summer School

The Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School for singers, organists and choir directors will take place in all the main churches in Armagh

Festival Details


Sunday, 23 August 2015 to Sunday, 30 August 2015


Charles Wood Festival of Music's rich and varied programme will feature lunchtime and evening concerts, services, and teaching and workshop sessions. David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, will direct the Charles Wood Singers, the forty-strong festival choir, assisted by Philip Scriven and Judith Gannon. Internationally famous specialist voice coach, Paul Farrington, will conduct workshops and give individual tuition.
The well-known composer and conductor John Rutter will be welcomed to the Festival this year. Rutter will lead the 'Come and Sing' event on Thursday 27th August at 7.45pm, as well as giving a talk on his life and work on Friday 28th August at 1pm. This is a rare and not to be missed opportunity to sing a selection of Rutter's pieces under the composer himself.
Charles Wood Summer School's association with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition continues. This year young organists have an opportunity to compete for awards totalling over £2000 on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th with the bonus of prestigious recital appearances for the winner of the Senior category. Erwan le Prado, teacher at the Caen Conservatoire and organist "co-titulaire" at the famous Cavaillé-Coll in Abbatiale Saint-Etienne of Caen, will chair the jury, along with David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and David Graham, Professor in charge of organ, Royal College of Music, London.