SUSO Choral Festival - Dare To Sing!

SUSO Choral Festival - Dare To Sing!

We are so excited to launch our second choral festival. After the outstanding success of last year’s choral festival, we are back and better than ever!! This year’s festival takes place over the 20th and 21st of September. Friday nights opening workshop with Craig Lees promises to be a fantastic way to start our weekend and get us all in the mood for lots of singing and learning! Singing is of course thirsty work so this will be followed by a sing song in O Keefee’s pub!

Saturday you can choose three workshops to attend. Workshops take place at 9.30am, 11.45am and 3.30pm in various locations around Kilcock. We have a great selection of workshops for you this year and are delighted to have some of the leading facilitators from Ireland and abroad with us for the festival. Please see below for more information about this years facilitators.

As well as our fantastic workshops we will have free concerts on Saturday lunch time in Kilcock Scouts Hall, and on Saturday night in Kilcock GAA, followed by a DJ and party until late. With lots of deals and offers from local businesses for meals etc, it promises to be a fantastic day.

We are delighted to offer an early bird price for one month from today, until the 18th of August. This price is just €50 for the weekend. Places can be reserved for the festival by emailing us on, phoning or texting Karen on 0861757636, or dropping into the school. Once you have reserved your place we will send you the workshop information and you can choose what workshops are going to benefit you and your singing.

All payments for the festival are made via bank transfer or by dropping in payment to the music school. If you would like to drop into workshops and pay as you go, each workshop costs €20 and you must book these in advance.

We are so delighted to be bringing the second choral festival - Dare To Sing - back to Kilcock again and we hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic weekend. Hope to see you there!


Craig Lees: Craig is the current president of the British Voice Association as well as a senior lecturer in Leeds University. With an impressive resume and vast experience working with choirs, we are delighted to welcome Craig back to us again - he teaches style, pop and rock like nobody else and attending his workshop is a treat and highly beneficial to any singer.

Moises Sala: Based in Barcelona, Moises is a leading expert in all things gospel - its music, connection, performance and style. We first met Moises at Gospel Rising and he really impressed us with his ability to work with everyone and get the most out of singers, while connecting to the voice in a deep and emotional way. We are really looking forward to having Moises in Kilcock for the first time!

Sam Kavanagh: Sam Kavanagh is a music director, composer and producer based in Dublin, Ireland. His unique approach to music-making actively engages audiences, by creating new music in the moment together through collaboration and improvisation. We can’t wait to see what he can bring to our singers and have no doubt that you will be impressed by his unique approach.

Clodagh Swords: Clodagh is the founder and director of Simply Sing, based in Dublin and London. Dedicated to helping people find their solo voice and develop their confidence, we are excited to have Clodagh out to work with our singers to help them connect with themselves and explore what it means to find your own voice

Team Samba: Formed in 1998, Team Samba is a leading provider of team events. They are based in Ireland and offer a unique, fun and interactive way to encourage teamwork! Their events are structured to allow participants to have a voice and encourage co-operative accomplishments and open discussion and communication, all in a relaxed and fun environment.

Claire Crehan: Claire Crehan is a voice work facilitator, educator, musician, composer and arranger, (and Co-Director of SpeakUp SingOut Creative with her sister Eimear). She is the creator of the Music Medicine course, inspired by her training and work with Chloe Goodchild of the Naked Voice, her training in sound healing, and her ongoing training in vocal sound therapy with Githa Ben-David

Eimear Crehan: A fully qualified creativity coach and co-director or SpeakUp SingOut Creative, Eimear works extensively in the Irish music business. With ten years experience in the music business across some unique areas, and with some very special quests joining her on a panel, this Q&A promises to help every aspiring artist to meet their goals and get on the right track.

Published 4 September 2019
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