Louth choirs and singers
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Choirs and singers from across Louth are being invited to participate in the second International Gospel Choir Festival taking place in Kilkenny this June.

Choirs and singers from across Louth are being invited to participate in the second International Gospel Choir Festival taking place in Kilkenny this June.

Last year’s Festival attracted 20 Irish choirs and over 2,000 visitors over one weekend.

This year’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 Ireland’s largest every 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 country’s first Gospel singing workshop for children (8 – 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.

“Ireland has a very special relationship with Gospel music, which has been only been enhanced as the country becomes increasingly multicultural,” explained Fr Willie Purcell, Chairperson, 2nd International Gospel Choir Festival.

“It’s a particularly tough time for many people in Ireland at the moment and we hope this year’s Festival, which includes an increased programme of public events and performances will, in a small way, help to lift people’s spirits and morale. The 2nd International Gospel Choir Festival takes place in Kilkenny from 14th – 16th June; 17th & 18th July and 8th – 12th August 2013. Full programme of events and details on choir registration available at www.kilkennygospelchoirfestival.com