Gospel Rising Music Festival

Dublin May 17th – 19th 2019

Music, workshops & fun for everyone!

Facilitators 2017

Meet the wonderful facilitators of the 2017 festival!

Michael Fay

Michael Fay is a Musical Director, composer, and pianist based in the Leinster area. He co-founded the Maynooth Gospel Choir in 2003 and since then has gone out to carve a career in Gospel Music. Michael is also currently the Musical Director of Bray Gospel Choir, and the Junior Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. Michael has […]

Emmanuel Waldron

It was at the age of just six that Emmanuel’s musical journey began when, through private tuition he was introduced to classical music. Over the next 8 years, he’d developed a wealth of understanding in music genres such as Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, R’n’B,  Soul and Folk music. Emmanuel has worked with a wealth of artists […]

Niamh Hahessy

Niamh is a Gospel Rising team member who has been involved in Gospel Rising from day one. This year she has finally been convinced to give a workshop of her own. Niamh joined the Ennis Academy of Performing Arts when she was just six years old and has been a member of the Ennis Gospel […]

Brian (Rags) Ferguson

Originally from the hills of County Wicklow, Brian has been playing music since he was a child and turned pro at the young age of 23. Brian honed his skills as a bodhrán and drum kit player and has been playing professionally for over 20 years.  He currently plays with international band Baile na Salsa who […]

Rishi Naad

Rishi Naad is a Kundalini yogi and sound therapist. He regularly facilitates soundbaths in Louth and Meath. He has an interest in the magic of vibrational therapies such as sound, colour and smell. He works with both groups and with individuals in helping them raise their vibration.

Gemma Sugrue

Gemma Sugrue is a vocalist and vocal coach based in Dublin, Ireland . She is the director of a vocal tuition centre, Voiceworks Studio, which she founded in 2011 and now has two branches in Cork and one in Kerry, run by a team of 14 diverse and inspiring vocal coaches training singers of all ages, levels […]

David Idioh

Born in the city of Lagos Nigeria, David Effiong Idioh from the southern region of West Africa (Akwa-Ibom state) started up as a young self-taught piano player. He joined his family church choir at the age of 10 which is where he truly developed a love of gopsel music. In 2000 he joined the Redeemed […]

Moises Sala

Moises is a pianist, composer, arranger and choral conductor heading up The Gospel Viu Choir (TGVChoir) in Barcelona. In addition to running numerous workshops and masterclasses right around the world in countries as far flung as Madagascar, India, Gambia, Georgia State University as well as right around Europe. Moises also teaches the summer gospel course for the University […]

Craig Lees

Craig is a contemporary vocal coach, choral leader and arranger. He is senior lecturer on the Popular Music Degree at Leeds College of Music where he founded the LCoM Contemporary Pop Choir in 2014. He is also the Musical Director behind Leeds Contemporary Singers, a nine piece vocal harmony group that recently rose to fame […]

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