The Charles Wood Singers



Charles Wood Singers

The Charles Wood Singers are one of two resident choirs at the annual Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School in Armagh. This unique choral course will be held this year from Sunday 18th – Sunday 25th August. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Develop vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills under the expert direction of Dr David Hill, (Artistic Director), Philip Scriven (Organist and Associate Conductor), and Paul Farrington (Specialist Vocal Coach).

  • Perform challenging and varied repertoire at the highest standard with like-minded singers

  • Perform alongside the Ulster Orchestra in a special concert

  • Record a BBC Radio 3 Broadcast


Last year, the Charles Wood Singers’ BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong included the broadcast premiere of Parry’s anthem God is Our Hope.


Join the Charles Wood Singers

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

  • are aged 18 years or above on 18th August 2019

  • are grade 8 standard or above

  • have previous experience of choral singing;

  • can demonstrate sufficient levels of skill and enthusiasm, including to sight reading to meet the challenge of an intensive week of musical study.

New applicants will be required to attend an audition. These will be held as follows:

  • Armagh, 7th May

  • Belfast, 9th May

  • Dublin, 10th May

  • London, 12th May 

  • Cambridge, 14th May

Auditions will last a maximum of ten minutes. Applicants will be required to sing one art song or aria from an oratorio and sight read a short excerpt. An accompanist will be provided.  If you are unable to attend an audition, a video recording not exceeding 5 minutes in length may be submitted instead. The closing date for applications has now passed. The cost for 2019 will be £250 for new members, which includes meals and accommodation.

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Taking part in the Charles Wood Summer School is a deeply rewarding experience for anyone interested in choral music. You have the chance to sing some great music with a group of fantastic singers and the social side of the week is unforgettable!
— Eddie McMullan, Alto, The Sixteen
The Charles Wood Summer School is a definite highlight of my year - I can’t stop coming back for more. It’s a great opportunity to meet other singers from all over and get fantastic coaching. I’d definitely recommend it.
— Mary-Ellen Lynall, Soprano, Cambridge