The Charles Wood Music Festival and Summer School is an annual event taking place every August in Armagh. At the centre of the Festival is the weeklong residential course for aspiring professional choral singers. Led by renowned choral director David Hill (former BBC Singers conductor) and organist Philip Scriven, it is an opportunity for young singers to develop their vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills under top industry professionals.
We cover a large amount of repertoire and there are several opportunities to perform in the stunning surroundings of the Armagh Cathedrals. Highlights this year include recording a CD for professional and digital release, featuring works by Charles Wood, Amy Beach and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a choral Evensong recorded for BBC Radio 3 and a special gala concert. The course is fully COVID compliant and we will rehearse and record in the spacious surroundings of St Patrick's Cathedral. This year the choir will be made up of 22 singers, 8 of whom are experienced professional singers who will provide mentoring for the participants.
The dates for the 2021 course are Sunday 22nd - Sunday 29th August inclusive. We're looking for singers at Grade 8 standard or above, a good level of sight reading and previous experience singing in a choir. The course is £250 inclusive of all food and accommodation for the week. Applications can be made online HERE.