Welcome Message

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2017 Charles Wood Festival and Summer School. The line-up is more exciting than ever, with the Charles Wood Singers, under our celebrated Artistic Director David Hill, at its heart.

The 2017 Festival will include the second visit of world-renowned choral composer John Rutter. He will be conducting a special Come and Sing evening. The Festival will also embrace jazz with a residency by leading British jazz composer Will Todd. Our Gala Concert will feature his popular setting of the Latin mass - Mass In Blue - and he'll also deliver a special jazz workshop.

This year we are delighted to introduce the new Charles Wood Girls' Choir, sponsored by Ulster Carpets Ltd. The choir will be directed by Ian Keatley, with their inaugural concert taking place in neighbouring Portadown. Do come and support them.

We are pleased to continue our link with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC) and that the BBC will once again be with us. Our opening concert links to both organisations, featuring celebrity organist Thomas Trotter, Chair of the NIIOC jury, as well as the newly-crowned BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year.

Fresh, varied 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