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.

  • 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 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


Dafydd Hall Williams


Our Committee

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

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

I would really recommend the Charles Wood Summer School to anyone who enjoys choral music. The Summer School offers an expansive, demanding repertoire and professional tuition in a friendly, sociable atmosphere. The week long course can be challenging but the resulting performance standard is more than a reward for all the hard work. In summary, Charles Wood is great music and great fun
— Rosie Lyness, Soprano, Leeds University