Ennis on song for Gospel Rising

Ennis on song for Gospel Rising


Choirs tune up for Ireland's biggest gospel music festival.
Choirs tune up for Ireland’s biggest gospel music festival.

The seventh annual Gospel Rising Music Festival – Ireland’s biggest gospel music festival – returns to Ennis this weekend with choirs from all over Ireland and beyond performing in venues throughout the Clare County Capital.

Leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel music, performance and singing for choir and non-choir members throughout the Festival. The festival also will feature a Sunday morning church service that will be broadcast live on RTE Radio at 11am on Sunday 15th May.

This year’s workshop facilitators are drawn from all over Ireland and abroad and include Ruth Waldron, an internationally renowned Gospel Vocal instructor and Choir Director; and Shelley Bukspan, an American/Israeli singer, songwriter and performer.

Irish contributors include Kathleen Turner (singer/songwriter and vocal tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance), Carmel Reilly (Musical Director of Virginia Gospel Choir), Eimear Crehan (music facilitator, singer and choral director) and Claire Crehan (music teacher, composer and musical director)

This year’s Gospel Rising Music Festival is hosted by The Really Truly Joyful Ennis Gospel Choir, and is supported Failte Ireland and the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau.

The three-day festival features daily workshops including a series of master-class style workshops on Saturday focusing on a range of themes including Choral Choreography, Vocal Percussion, Being Your Best Soloist Self, Harmonising, Acapella, and Praise & Worship. Spaces are limited and advance booking is advisable.

Tickets and booking of workshops are available through the Gospel Rising Music Festival website, www.gospelrising.com.