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 17th - 24th August 2014. Our rich and varied programme will feature lunchtime and evening concerts, services, and teaching and workshop sessions.
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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. The festival's Boys Choir will be directed by Nigel McClintock, assisted by Ian Keatley. Internationally famous specialist voice coach, Paul Farrington, will conduct workshops and give individual tuition.
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 18th and Tuesday 19th with the bonus of prestigious recital appearances for the winner of the Senior category. Frédéric Blanc, international recitalist, teacher and Organist at Notre-Dame of Auteuil Church in Paris, will chair the jury, along with David Hill, organist and Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and the internationally acclaimed Irish organist of Cork Cathedral, Malcolm Wisener.
"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