The Charles Wood Girls’ Choir



Charles Wood Girl’s Choir

The Charles Wood Girls' Choir is a week-long residential summer course for girl choristers aged 12-18, proudly supported by Ulster Carpets and Arts & Business NI. Participants will experience intensive, fun training in singing and choral music under the direction of Ian Keatley (Organist & Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin), assisted by Stephen Disley.

They will also enjoy workshops with David Hill. The schedule includes opportunities to perform at services and concerts as well as a BBC Radio Ulster Broadcast.

Open audition sessions will be held as follows:

Monday 13th May

  • St. Mark’s Parish Church, Portadown, 4.30pm-5.15pm

  • Music Hall, Vicars’ Hill, Armagh, 6.00pm-6.45pm

Saturday 25th May

  • St. George’s Parish Church, Belfast, 11.30am-12.30pm

  • Music Hall, Vicars’ Hill, Armagh, 3.00pm-4.00pm

Saturday 8th June

  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, 1.00pm-4.00pm

The cost of the week is £300 / € 340.


All meals and accommodation are provided in the very pleasant, safe, and secure surroundings of The Royal School Armagh, under the care and supervision of an experienced all-female on-site boarding team and matron. Safeguarding procedures and documentation is overseen by the Girls' Choir Course Safeguarding Panel in consultation with Margaret Yarr (Church of Ireland Child Protection Officer for Northern Ireland) and Olive Good (Regulator for Safeguarding Trust, Church of Ireland House, Dublin).

I would highly recommend the Charles Wood Girls’ Choir to anyone interested in music or singing. The training I received was second to none. I found it to be a fabulous experience and I made new friends from all over Ireland in a very fun environment. I cannot wait to return next year if given the opportunity.
— Laura O'Reilly, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
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Singing in the Girls’ Choir has expanded my musical knowledge and repertoire. I’ll never forget how fun and eye-opening this course has been and could never thank the amazing boarding team and staff enough! 110% would recommend to any enthusiastic and music-loving girls.
— Abigail McQueen, Ballyclare High School

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