Collections | Charles Wood: His Life, Music and Influences – Dr David O’Shea

Charles Wood, who was born at 11 Vicars’ Hill, Armagh, in 1866, received his early musical education as a chorister at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, opposite his home. He later become Professor of Music at Cambridge University, and was a noted composer.

In this lecture, organised by Armagh Robinson Library in collaboration with the Charles Wood Festival and Summer School, Dr David O’Shea provides an overview of Wood’s career and musical influences. Also included are performances by leading Irish soprano Aisling Kenny, accompanied by Gail Evans. The performances are of musical items which form part of the Library’s collection.

Thanks are expressed to the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the North-South Ministerial Council who provided support towards the running of the event. We are also grateful to the Rector and Select Vestry of St Mark’s Church, Armagh, for granting permission to use the Church as the venue for the event.