Charles Wood International Song Competition 2023
Applications are now open for the fifth annual Charles Wood International Song Competition. The Competition brings young singers from across the UK, Ireland and beyond to perform in Armagh in March 2023.
This year we are particularly delighted to welcome as guest judge the world-renowned soprano and acclaimed recitalist, Dame Felicity Lott. She is one of Britain’s best loved singers and has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors. Dame Felicity will be joined on the judging panel by celebrity vocal coach Paul Farrington, Northern Irish mezzo soprano Carolyn Dobbin and Dame Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle, Vice Chair of Northern Ireland Opera.
The Senior Class welcomes applications from singers between the ages of 22 and 28. The First Prize is £1,000, the runner up prize is £300 and the Charles Wood Song Prize is £100. The first prize winner will be invited to perform as part of the Festival’s programme in August 2023. Senior Competitors should be post Grade 8 in standard and must prepare a contrasting fifteen-minute programme, consisting of one French song and two German songs by different composers.
The Junior Class welcomes applications from singers between the ages of 18 and 21. The First Prize is worth £300, the runner up prize is £100, and the Charles Wood Song Prize is £100. The first prize winner will also be invited to perform as part of the 2023 Charles Wood Festival. Junior Competitors should have achieved at least Grade 8 and must prepare a varied ten-minute programme, consisting of one French song and one German song.
Singers are asked to record their submission in one take, as if performing live with no editing allowed. The recording should be submitted via the online application form. The deadline for entries is Friday 3rd February at 12noon. The entry fee is £30/€35 for the Junior Class and £50/€60 for the Senior Class. The Festival’s email address is email@example.com and full competition details are available at
The chosen finalists in each class will perform live at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh on Saturday 11th March