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Choirs tune up for Ireland’s biggest gospel music festival

Choirs tune up for Ireland's biggest gospel music festivaLWith just a fortnight remaining, the final line-up of participants has been confirmed for the Gospel Rising Music Festival in Ennis, County Clare, which takes place this year from 8th to 10th May 2015.

Choirs from all around Ireland and beyond will perform in venues throughout the Clare County capital, while leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel music, performance and singing for choir and non-choir members.

Choirs that will be represented at the Festival include Gardiner Street gospel Choir (Dublin), Ignite Gospel Choir (Galway), Bray Gospel Choir (Wicklow), Love Gospel Love God Gospel Choir (London), A Capella Knights & Tribal, Sligo Gospel Choir (Sligo) and St John’s College Gospel Choir (Cork).

Meanwhile, the line-up for the gala event in glór on Saturday 9th May features The Really Truly Joyful Ennis Gospel Choir, Shannon Gospel Choir (Clare), A Glor Gospel Choir (Dublin), and the Speak Up Sing Out (SUSO) Gospel Choir (Kildare) and Maynooth University Gospel Choir (both Kildare)

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.

“This is a fun, energetic and inclusive event which calls on all music lovers who are interested in this growing genre of music in Ireland,” explained Lindsay Rountree of the Gospel Rising Music Festival.

“The festival consists of a series of workshops with big and small groups, covering choir harmony singing in gospel styles, different solo singing styles and levels, choreography and big group singing. There are also of course numerous gigs over the whole weekend with many of the gospel choirs that attend the festival keen to get up on stage and show their style of gospel music which makes up this new cosmopolitan genre of music in Ireland,” added Mr. Rountree.

This year’s workshop facilitators are drawn from all over Ireland and UK and include Bazil Meade (founder and principal of the world-famous London Community Gospel Choir) and Karen Gibson (one of the UK’s most respected gospel tutors).

Irish contributors include Kathleen Turner (singer/songwriter and vocal tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance), Edel Meade (award-winning Dublin-based jazz singer, composer and lyricist), Aisling McKenna (Soloist and member of the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and Valley Gospel Singers) and Susan Hurley (Dublin based gospel and folk singer).

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

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