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, Northern Ireland, from 21st - 28th August 2016. This year is particularly special as it marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Wood.
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 vocal coach, Paul Farrington, will conduct workshops and give individual tuition. Our rich and varied programme will feature lunchtime and evening concerts, services, and teaching and workshop sessions.
Our 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 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August with the bonus of prestigious recital appearances for the winner of the Senior category. Professor Martin Jean, international concert organist and Professor of Organ at Yale, will chair the jury, along with Dr David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and Dr David Adams, lecturer at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.
"The Charles Wood Summer School is a week in my diary to which I look forward. It combines marvellous music in worship, concerts and masterclasses alongside the architectural magnificence of Armagh's two Cathedrals. At the centre of it all lies a man and his music, Charles Wood, whose music continues to inspire Church musicians the world over. Most of all, the week provides an opportunity for singers, congregations and audiences to share the glories of church music. At a time when the world faces so many difficult challenges, music and worship nourishes the soul in a way nothing else can compare". David Hill - Artistic Director