Timetable Of Events

Bookings for all events except participants in Paul Farrington's workshops can be made online at www.visitarmagh.com. Last updated: Wednesday 5th July 2018.

Sunday 12th August

18.30 Friends of the Charles Wood Summer School Reception

The Palace Demesne

David Hill will meet members of the Friends of the Charles Wood Summer School before giving a short talk.

20.00 Opening Concert by Sinead O'Kelly, Peter Davoren and Martin Ennis

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Stars of the National Opera Studio and BBC Proms join organist Martin Ennis for Baroque colours and American delights.

Admission £10

In association with The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

Monday 13th August

10.00 Charles Wood Singers: Open Rehearsal 1

Methodist Church Hall

An opportunity for choir directors, singers and organists to see the Charles Wood Singers rehearse under the direction of David Hill and Philip Scriven, and to put questions on various aspects of choir-training.

Admission £5

14.00 NIIOC: Senior Class (Post Grade 8)

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Admission £5; Concessions £3

19.00 NIIOC: Senior Class (Post Grade 8)

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Admission £5; Concessions £3

Discounted rate for attendance of both Senior Class sessions - £8; £5 Concessions

18.45 Vocal Masterclass: Tips and Troubleshooting with Paul Farrington

Methodist Church Hall

An absolutely unmissable event for singers, choir members and choir trainers. Observe Paul working collectively with the Charles Wood Singers and then individually with 4 members in a masterclass. The event will also feature a question and answer session.

Admission Observers £5

Tuesday 14th August

10.00 NIIOC: Junior Class (Grades 4-5)

St Malachy's Church

Admission Free

10.00 Charles Wood Singers: Open Rehearsal 2

Methodist Church Hall

An opportunity for choir directors, singers and organists to see the Charles Wood Singers rehearse under the direction of David Hill and Philip Scriven, and to ask questions on choir-training.

Admission £5

13.00 NIIOC: Intermediate Class (Grades 6-8)

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Admission Free

13.10 Lunchtime Concert: Vocal Recital - Joseph Zubier (Countertenor); Dónal McCann (Piano)

First Presbyterian Church

Charles Wood Singer Joseph Zubier is a member of the world-famous choir of King's College, Cambridge, where Dónal McCann is Organ Scholar. Dónal is also the Festival's Theo Saunders Organ Scholar.

Admission £5

14.30 NIIOC: Organ Workshop - Martin Ennis

St Malachy's Church

Perform and discuss 17th and 18th century organ music in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Admission Free for Participants and Observers

Participants should email their details to info@niioc.com

In association with the Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust

19.00 NIIOC: Organ Masterclass - Dame Gillian Weir

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Perform for and learn from one of the world's finest recitalists and teachers. Not to be missed.

Participants £15; Observers £5

Participants should be of Grade 4 standard and above and email their details to info@niioc.com

19.30 Sung Mass

St Malachy's Church

Charles Wood Singers; David Hill - Conductor; Philip Scriven - Organist

To include Haydn, Missa 'St Johannis de Deo'; Stanford, Beati quorum via & Justorum animae

20.00 Vocal Workshop - Paul Farrington

Music Hall, Vicars' Hill

Participants should submit in advance two copies of a prepared song of any genre. Observers are welcome.

Participants £25; Observers £5

20.30 Bach at Twilight

St Malachy’s Church

To round off the day, Philip Scriven presents a programme of organ music, performed by organists associated with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and the Charles Wood Festival of Music.

Admission £5

In association with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

Wednesday 15th August

10.00 Charles Wood Singers: Open Rehearsal 3

Church of Ireland Cathedral

An opportunity for choir directors, singers and organists to see the Charles Wood Singers rehearse under the direction of David Hill and Paul Farrington, and to put questions on various aspects of choir-training and vocal technique.

Admission £5

11.00 NIIOC: Performance Workshop - Dame Gillian Weir

First Presbyterian Church

Get tips on how to programme a concert effectively, engage audiences and present oneself from one of the world's finest organists.

Admission Free

17.00 Choral Evensong

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Charles Wood Singers; David Hill—Conductor; Philip Scriven—Organist

To include Responses: Dibble (after Parry); Dyson in F; Parry, My soul, there is a country

19.30 Pre-Concert Talk with Jeremy Dibble

Synod Hall, Roman Catholic Cathedral

Jeremy Dibble, the acknowledged authority on Parry's life and music, gives a talk on this pre-eminent English composer and his major contribution to music.  You can expect a colourful and illuminating overview to mark this significant anniversary, with a special focus on Parry's Songs of Farewell, ahead of their performance at our Candlelight Concert.

Admission £5

20.15 Concert by Candlelight

Roman Catholic Cathedral

Charles Wood Singers; David Hill—Conductor; Philip Scriven—Organist

To include Tippet, Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time'; Bridge, Adagio in E; Parry, Songs of Farewell

Admission £10

Thursday 16th August

10.00 Charles Wood Singers: Open Rehearsal 4

Church of Ireland Cathedral

An opportunity for choir directors, singers and organists to see the Charles Wood Singers rehearse under the direction of David Hill and Philip Scriven, and to put questions on various aspects of choir-training.

Admission £5

13.10 Lunchtime Concert: Charles Wood Girls' Choir (Sponsored by Ulster Carpets Ltd)

St Mark's Parish Church, Portadown

The first opportunity to hear our Charles Wood Girls' Choir at this year's Festival, with members drawn from all parts of Ireland, conducted by its founding director, Ian Keatley.

Admission £5

17.00 BBC Broadcast Choral Evensong (Radio 3)

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Charles Wood Singers; David Hill—Conductor; Philip Scriven—Organist

To include Wood, Hail! Gladdening Light; Reponses - Dibble (after Parry); Canticles - Stanford in C; Parry, God is our hope (1st performance since 1913) - Broadcast Premiere

Members of the congregation are asked to be seated by 16.40

19.45 Come and Sing with Stephen Cleobury

St Mark's Parish Church, Armagh

Stephen Cleobury—Conductor; Dónal McCann—Accompanist

Including Descants from Kings & Parry, Hear My Words. Copies will be supplied on loan and may be purchased.

Admission £10

Friday 17th August

13.10 Lunchtime Concert: Rob Burton (Saxophone); Tom Myles (Clarinet); Ruth McGinley (Piano)

First Presbyterian Church

Sure to be a highlight of the Festival, this lunchtime concert brings together success stories from the BBC's prestigious Young Musician Competition. Saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Finals of this year's Competition, making his away to the final 3. Tom Myles, from Newtownards, reached the 2018 Woodwind Final, and accompanist Ruth McGinley, from Derry, won the piano final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1994.

Admission £5

20.00 Gala Concert

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Charles Wood Singers with David Hill & Philip Scriven

Charles Wood Girls' Choir with Ian Keatley & Donal McCann

Also featuring the Winner of the Senior Class of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition; Rob Burton (Saxophone); Ruth McGinley (Piano); Tanya Haughton (Harp)

To include Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; Parry, Crossing the bar; Parry, Blest pair of sirens

Admission £15

In association with Ulster Carpets and The North South Ministerial Council

Saturday 18th August

12.00 Singers' Concert

First Presbyterian Church

Paul Farrington introduces a range of material performed by singers selected from his workshops during the week.

Audience Admission £5; Participants Free

19.00 Sung Mass

Roman Catholic Cathedral

Charles Wood Singers; David Hill—Conductor; Philip Scriven—Organist

To include Mozart,Coronation Mass; Haydn, Insanae et vanae curae; Mozart, Ave verum corpus

 

Sunday 19th August

10.15 BBC Radio Ulster Morning Service (Pre-recorded)

Charles Wood Girls' Choir; Ian Keatley—Conductor; Donal McCann—Organist

This service, recorded earlier in the week, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster at 10.15.

10.30 Morning Service

Methodist Church

Members of the Charles Wood Singers will lead worship at this service.

11.00 Morning Service

First Presbyterian Church

Members of the Charles Wood Singers will lead worship at this service.

11.00 Sung Eucharist - Charles Wood Girls' Choir

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Collection

15.00 Festival of Hymns

A Hymn Festival, organised in collaboration with the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Credemus Choir; Edward Craig—Director; Rev Dr Peter Thompson—Organist;  Rev Dr Gordon Giles—Hymn Presentation

Methodist Church

Admission Free

17.00 Festal Evensong

Church of Ireland Cathedral

Charles Wood Singers; David Hill Conductor; Philip Scriven—Organist

To include Parry, There is an old belief; Parry in D; Parry, I was glad

Collection

Tea will be served in the Methodist Church Hall after the service.