Welcome Message

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2016 Charles Wood Festival and Summer School. This year is an extra special one for us as we mark the 150th birthday of Northern Ireland's most celebrated composer of church music. Across one week 30 events will feature in churches across Armagh, with international and local musicians performing side by side. They'll be delivering a feast of choral and organ music, including World and Irish Premieres, under the expert guidance of our Artistic Director, David Hill.

We are pleased to continue our link with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and grateful to all of our funders, sponsors and Friends for their crucial support. As part of our Wood 150 programme we have set a target of 150 Friends by the end of this birthday year. As you enjoy our events I would ask you to consider joining this scheme: one which will allow us to expand and flourish well into the future. Further details are enclosed.

Fresh, accomplished and inspiring music-making awaits you in Armagh this August. I do hope you'll be able to make the journey. We'd be delighted to welcome you.

Richard Yarr

Chairman