Final Call for Choirs and Singers across Tipperary

Gospel Festival in Kilkenny Looming

Gospel Festival in Kilkenny Looming

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. Ja Ronn is travelling to Kilkenny from San Francisco where he currently holds the position of instructor of The San Francisco State Universities Gospel Gators Choir. He will conduct choirs and singers from around the country in Ireland’s largest gospel music concert in St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, June 16th.

“It’s a particularly tough time for many people in Ireland at the moment and we hope this year’s Festival, will help to lift people’s spirits and morale. We invite all singers, choirs and music lovers to come to Kilkenny this Summer to help us celebrate and enjoy the best of gospel” said Fr Willie Purcell, Chairperson, 2nd International Gospel Choir Festival.

“We’ve increased the size of this year’s Festival three-fold and we’re particularly proud to welcome Ja Ronn Thompson as our Guest Director and Artist. Ja Ronn’s philosophy is to help people to sing and to live ‘with passion and without fear’ and we believe this is a very positive message for Irish people in 2013.”

The packed June programme will also feature an open air Gospel concert in the shadows of Kilkenny Castle, a unique Gospel themed walking tour of Kilkenny City and the country’s first Gospel singing workshop for children (8 – 12 year olds).

The 2nd International Gospel Choir Festival takes place in Kilkenny this weekend, 14th – 16th June. Full programme of events and details on choir registration available at