Charles Wood Singers

At the centre of the Summer School is a resident choir, The Charles Wood Singers, which comes together at the beginning of the week to prepare music for various concerts and services under the direction of Dr David Hill, former Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and Philip Scriven, Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the Bach Choir.

The extensive programme for the Singers covers two major concerts, choral evensongs, sung masses and a BBC Radio 3 Broadcast.

The aim of the Charles Wood Summer School is to produce music of the highest quality to the highest standard and the week represents a marvellous opportunity for young singers to develop and improve their musical abilities under the guidance of some of the finest musicians in their field, whilst immersing themselves in the rich cultural experience offered by the historic city of Armagh.

Membership of the Charles Wood Singers' is open to all those who:

  • are aged 18 years or above on 12th August 2018;
  • have previous experience of choral singing;
  • can demonstrate sufficient levels of skill and enthusiasm to meet the challenge of an intensive week of musical study.


The closing date to apply to become a member of the Charles Wood Singers for this year's Festival has now passed.


The Charles Wood Summer School offers the rare opportunity to work with maestro David Hill, a truly inspirational figure, not only for his incomparable musicality but the manner with which he manages singers, from burgeoning chorister to experienced professional.

The wonderful memories I have of singing with the Charles Wood Summer School in Armagh are ones that I will always cherish.