Gospel Rising Music Festival

Galway May 12th – 14th 2017

Music, workshops & fun for everyone!

Facilitators 2017

Meet the wonderful facilitators of the 2017 festival!

Grace Savage

Grace Savage believes that the world has got it all wrong about Beatboxers. “People think of movies like 8 Mile: it’s hardcore – bitches, money, battles”, she says,. “But most beatboxers I know are quiet geeky; just obsessed with sounds, rhythms and voices”. And when Grace Savage beat boxes, you can’t help but be mesmerised […]

Moises Sala

Moises Sala is a pianist, composer, arranger and choral conductor heading up The Gospel Viu Choir in Barcelona, in addition to running numerous workshops and masterclasses right around the world in countries as far flung as Madagascar, India, America, Russia and the Ukraine as well as right around Europe. Moises also teaches the summer gospel […]

Bernie Sherlock

Bernie Sherlock studied choral conducting for two years with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár in Hungary, followed by orchestral conducting with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. She earned a BA in music from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in performance from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Bernie is Musical Director of Dublin’s Culwick […]

Wayne Ellington

Wayne’s singing career began at a very early age in church, where he sang in a group alongside his siblings.  It was obvious that young Wayne had a natural flair for singing, and he was encouraged to perform at every opportunity.  It wasn’t long before Wayne was joining choirs, singing solo and developing skills that […]

Gemma Sugrue

Gemma Sugrue is a vocalist and vocal coach based in Co. Cork and is the owner and director of Voiceworks Studio. She is the only Irish member of Vocology in Practice, a global network of voice experts and is constantly seeking to deepen her knowledge in all matters singing, performance and teaching related. The importance […]

Karen Barrett

Karen Barrett is the choir director of Shannon Gospel Choir for the past eight years. She has plenty of experience as a dancer in musical theatre circles and has recently choreographed ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ for Shannon Musical Society. She believes choreography can play a significant part in choral groups. It adds another dimension […]

Shelley Bukspan

An American/Israeli singer, songwriter and performer, Shelley has been part of the Irish music scene since 1986. As a front woman and solo artist, she’s performed at many events and festivals, including CMJ New York and the Montreux Jazz Festival, among others. She’s also appeared on TV and radio shows both in Ireland and abroad, […]

Peter Mannion

Peter Mannion is the director of the male a capella choir Testostertones. The group are renowned for their exciting repertoire choices which include contemporary popular songs with interludes of classical music. Peter is self taught in terms of music conducting and direction after he started conducting the NUIG Choral Society as an undergraduate student. Peter […]