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The Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School

The festival celebrates the music of Charles Wood and seeks to give singers and musicians an opportunity to perform and develop their talents. We do this through events during the year and our annual summer school in August for singers, organists and choir directors. It is held in all the main churches in Armagh, Northern Ireland.

 
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Dates for 2019: 18th - 25th August
Dates for NIIOC: 19th - 20th August
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Charles Wood Singers

At the centre of the Summer School is a resident choir, The Charles Wood Singers, which comes together at the beginning of the week to prepare music for various concerts and services under the direction of Dr David Hill, former Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and Philip Scriven, Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the Bach Choir.

 
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Charles Wood Girls’ 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

 

Vocal Tuition

There are numerous opportunities to work with internationally renowned vocal coach, Paul Farrington. As well as holding workshops and giving individual tuition during the Summer School week, Paul will also present a masterclass during the Charles Wood Song Competition.

 
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Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

For organists aged 21 and under. The Competition offers substantial monetary prizes, prestigious recital opportunities and masterclasses with leading organists across the globe. The competition was created to discover great young talent and give them a platform to show everyone what they can do. Founded in 2011 this competition continues to grow year on year as we attract top organists from the UK & Ireland and beyond.


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