Who we are

The objectives of the Festival and Summer School are:

Charles Wood, the renowned musician and composer, was born at 11, Vicars’ Hill, Armagh in 1866 and received his early musical education as a chorister in the cathedral opposite his home. He later studied at the Royal College of Music and became a Professor there before succeeding Stanford, that other fine Irish musician and composer, as Professor of Music at Cambridge University.

When Wood died in 1926 he left behind a legacy of over 250 sacred works plus a large number of hymn tunes. His other compositions include songs, music for Greek plays and chamber music. But it is largely for his sacred music that he is remembered today and this is why the focus of the Summer School is music in worship.

The William Lauder Scholarship is exactly the sort of thing Northern Ireland needs: financial incentive for young people to engage in Church Music. The Scholarship allows anyone, regardless of background, to participate in what I believe to be N.I.’s greatest annual week of music-making, and I am so grateful to the board of the Charles Wood Festival for granting it to me in 2017.
— Joe Zubier: Vocal Scholar 2017
  • To promote the music of Charles Wood and his association with Armagh.

  • To provide opportunities for people to develop and enhance skills associated with music in worship.

  • To present programmes of music to the highest achievable standard within both a concert and liturgical context.


Our Committee:

Anne Boylan (Vice Chairperson)
Ann Cassidy
Elise Crean (Secretary)
Dean Gregory Dunstan
Eleanor Flack (Assistant Treasurer)
William Greenaway
Ian Keatley
Rev Canon Dr Michael Kennedy

Patricia McAllister (Treasurer)
Maria McGilly
Sylvia McRoberts
Roger Nesbitt
Rodney Spence
Fiona Terrins
Rev Canon Dr Peter Thompson
Richard Yarr (Chairperson)


Our Staff


David Hill
Charles Wood Singers

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Philip Scriven
Charles Wood Singers

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Ian Keatley
Girls' Choir

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Stephen Disley
Girls' Choir

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Paul Farrington
Vocal Tuition