We are silly with excitement to be bringing the Gospel Rising Music Festival to Galway this year. The city is well regarded for its energy, warm welcome and vibrant cultural scene and we’re thrilled to be able to have an excuse to bring you all to the capital of the west this May!
On Friday night we will be having our usual large group workshop where we all get together to sing ourselves silly, meet all the other attendees and loose our fear of singing in front of a gang of strangers! It’s a great way to get warmed up for the weekend. At 10pm, we’ll head to the Róisín Dubh for Corner Boy’s Gospel Jam Session. Bring your dancing shoes!
Saturday from early until late
There will be 3 sessions of workshops throughout Saturday each of which you will book a place in when booking your ticket. Sessions will include choral, soloist, small group technical workshops and choreography workshops each of which will hone in on specific aspects of gospel music. Workshops run for one hour and 45 mins each, are intense but also very fun. Come ready to jump straight into the music and get the most out of all of our wonderful facilitators.
We are planning to start with a Sunday morning mass, where we hope everyone will join in with the local community and sing our hearts out.
Later in the day (time TBC), musical directors and assistants are invited to come together for munchies and a good chat. This is where all choir leaders get the chance to come together to meet one another, chat and share the highs and lows of their experiences being involved in the gospel music scene in Ireland.
At 1pm, everyone will come together again for a mega closing workshop which is shaping up to be pretty special!
Terms and conditions apply!
Numbers attending each workshop are capped in order to make sure that attendee’s get the most out of the session and no one gets lost (can hide) in the crowd! We are also limiting each participant to one soloist workshop. This is a policy which we have had for several years due to the huge demands for soloist workshops at previous festivals, in order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have access to these master-class style workshops.
Tiny bits and pieces are still to be finalised, but we’re good to go and we are delighted to say that this years’ facilitators are dying to get in there and get everyone singing. Check out all our facilitator bios and workshop blurbs to find out more!
Have fun picking your workshops, and we look forward to seeing (and hearing) you at the festival!