Workshop: Let’s Sing Gospel

A singing and performance workshop for all levels, with one of the UK’s leading gospel choir directors

Facilitator: Audrey Mattis
When: Sunday, 19th June 9.30am-12.30pm
Where: TBC, Dubin 1
Tickets: €20 excluding booking fees via Eventbrite

This workshop will look at how gospel music has evolved over time and will introduce you to an old-school gospel before moving on to examine a more contemporary gospel choir sound. 

To begin with, Audrey will explain how gospel music evolved using a quick study of the “gospelised” spiritual form and its use of blues and pentatonic scales. Next she will explore how vocal techniques like enunciation, articulation, breath and vibrato are used to create the gospel choir sound. 

Moving onto a more modern gospel chorus, we will have some fun at “call and response” singing. Learn where (and where not!) to ad lib. Finally we will add some movement and choreography to enhance your gospel choir performance. 

This will be a group workshop with a big sound and lots of opportunities to dive into the music and get your gospel groove on.

Meet Audrey Mattis

Audrey is a musician whose dominating gift is her ability to bring the absolute best out of any singer she shares her talents with. Her work covers being a choir director, event producer, jazz-gospel performer and she is known throughout the UK especially for her work with gospel choir productions and as a director of massed choirs.

She studied at Birmingham Conservatoire,  is a qualified teacher and is currently a Music Lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.  Her professional choir, AMC Gospel Choir, performs all over the UK and internationally. 

Her vocal coaching work has been delivered in Italy since 2009 with Joy Singers Choir. Other UK choirs she has directed include;  RNCM Gospel Choir, Harmonix Youth Choir and NTCG Mass Choir of 150 plus singers including countless workshops with community choirs across the UK.  Audrey has also worked as a Musical Director for the BBC Songs Of Praise outside broadcast for the past number of years. 

This is Audrey’s first time at Gospel Rising and we can’t wait to welcome her to the community!

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