Choirs and singers from across Tipperary are being invited to participate in the second International Gospel Choir Festival taking place in Kilkenny this June. Last yearâ€™s festival attracted 20 Irish choirs and over 2,000 visitors over one weekend. This yearâ€™s festival will triple in size, extending over June, July and August and will feature choirs from the UK and the US also. Places still remain available for local singers and choirs to sing in Irelandâ€™s largest ever Gospel Choir concert at the festival and to participate in one of the many singing workshops being facilitated by internationally acclaimed choir director Ja Ronn Thompson.
The packed June programme will also feature an open air Gospel concert in the shadows of Kilkenny Castle, a unique Gospel themed tour of Kilkenny City and the countryâ€™s first Gospel singing workshop for children (8 â€“ 12 year olds). World renowned choirs from Mississippi and the University of Arkansas Gospel Choir will perform at events in Kilkenny in July and August.
â€œIreland has a very special relationship with Gospel music, which has been only been enhanced as our country becomes increasingly multicultural,â€ said Fr Willie Purcell, chairperson, seconnd International Gospel Choir Festival.
â€œGospel music is a marriage between music, spirituality and worship, all of which play a large part in our psyche. Itâ€™s a particularly tough time for many people in Ireland at the moment and we hope this yearâ€™s festival, which includes an increased programme of public events and performances will, in a small way, help to lift peopleâ€™s spirits and morale. We invite all singers, choirs and music lovers to come to Kilkenny this Summer to help us to raise the roof,â€ he said.
The second International Gospel Choir Festival takes place in Kilkenny from June 14-16; July 17-18 and August 8-12. Full programme of events and details on choir registration available at www.kilkennygospelchoirfestival.com