Academy student invited to participate in Charles Wood Music Festival

Mya McKinney, a Year 11 student at the Academy, has been invited to take part again in the prestigious Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School and will sing in the resident Girls’ Choir.  Mya will sing in services, concerts and masterclasses during a week of training offered by scholars from Oxford & Cambridge Colleges and a number of London Cathedrals, in celebration of the life and music of Charles Wood.  The experience of singing in the two magnificent Cathedrals in Armagh and working with the internationally renowned choral conductor, Dr David Hill, will be a very memorable opportunity.  Returning for a second year to the festival, Mya commented – I enjoyed my time last year as it was a wonderful way to embrace music in Northern Ireland. It was amazing to meet many people in the industry such as John Rutter and Bob Chilcott who have written many songs specifically for the choir.  I look forward to preforming at many well-known venues across Northern Ireland and making memories with many new friends this summer.


Charles Wood was a musician and composer from Armagh and is largely remembered for his contribution to sacred music having received his early training in Armagh Cathedral.  The festival is a wonderful opportunity for choristers to enjoy the legacy of a local composer.  Mrs Munton, Head of Music in the Academy outlined – we are immensely proud of Mya and know that this will be a memorable experience for her and one which will enrich her life as a singer and musician.