On May 22nd, Kraków will once again turn into a Gospel City. An extraordinary concert will take place, including representants of the 9 choirs of Kraków. The final concert, held in the churchyard of Paulin Fathers’ monastery, will be preceded by three- day workshops conducted by distinguished instructors Karen Gibson and Lea Kjeldsen.
Friendship, music, happiness and above all singing for God are the core message of the gospel genre. Soon this joy of faith will be shown on one stage by Kraków’s gospel choirs: Gospel Senior, Gospel Voice Choir, Grodzka Gospel, Joyful Voice, Kraków Gospel Choir, Saltrom Gospel Choir, Mistral Gospel Choir, Soul’n’Voices and Młodzieżowy Chór Gospel. On May 22nd, they will create one choir to present the effects of several-week long musical and spiritual preparation concluded with three- day workshops. These workshops will be conducted by two distinguished gospel instructors: Karen Gibson and Lea Kjeldsen.
Karen Gibson, one of the best renowned and experienced gospel music instructors in Great Britain. She acquired classical music education learning to play the piano and oboe. Through the last 25 years she has led multiple vocal groups, soloists and choirs. As an instructor of gospel workshops she spreads the Gospel and enthuses the youth as well as seniors all around the world. She is the leader and founder of the Kingdom Choir, which appears regularly on the BBC program Songs of Praise. She also conducted a 300- member choir in the Royal Albert Hall.
Lea Kjeldsen has lived in Poland for over 20 years, and originally comes from Denmark. She is a gospel music lover, blessed with great musical predisposition, inexhaustible energy and extraordinary organizational skills, recognized as the precursor of gospel music in Poland. Since 1998 she coordinates gospel workshops in Kraków and other cities of Poland. She works for The Gospel Association and a national project, the Republic of Gospel. She is the founder and leader of many Polish choirs – Kraków Gospel Choir, Grodzka Gospel, Saltrom Gospel Choir, Miechów Gospel Choir and Gospel Senior.
The previous Gospel na Skałce concert attracted a vast audience to the churchyard of Paulin Fathers’ monastery, including whole families, both the youth and seniors. For the participants themselves, the weekend was an unusual experience, of which talks one of the members of Gospel Voice choir, Katarzyna Bielen: Something remarkable has happened during the last three days. In spite of the fact that people who took part were from different choirs and of different age, they still managed to create a community. Everyone felt united and this made the whole event even more special. The final concert moved the audience. The participant remembers: Emotions appeared, which cannot be bought, they are priceless. Love, joy, happiness, and often also tears are only a few of the emotions we experienced. My favourite aspect of all this was the joy of the people involved which came from singing and praying together in a community.
Gospel na Skałce concert is a fascinating continuation of the first event meant for Krkaów’s gospel choirs – Gospel City 2013. Back then, on one stage, six choirs joined their voices, and now there are three more. We are going to create a monumental, 140- member choir full of energetic sopranos, altos and tenors.
This event is a wonderful occasion to experience energy and positive message of the gospel music and also meet a lot of people with passion for the genre, participating actively in the cultural life of Kraków. All this in the charming location of Skałka, with a beauty that will be an additional appeal to the concert.
The final concert will start at 3:00 p.m. at Ołtarz Trzech Tysiącleci in the churchyard of Pauline Fathers’ monastery, Skałeczna 15, Kraków.
Gospel Voice – up and running since October 2007, fostered by Culture and Music Centre in Wieliczka. The choir was the initiative of conductor Diana Mrugała- Gromek. The aim of the choir is to sing gospel music, both a capella (negro spirituals), and accompanied by a band.