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Canarias Gospel Summit

The gospel music event Canarias Gospel Summit, after its first edition in 2019, has become a reference event in its category in the Canary Islands. With the main objective of teaching and training, this gospel summit consists of different activities for all age groups.

Canarias Gospel Summit 2019 was held in Candelaria (Tenerife) from 5th-7th March and some activities which took place also on 8th March. The event was a great success, a large number of people participated in the workshops that took place in different places in the island of Tenerife and other islands, and there were also many people in the audience who came to enjoy the concerts and performances.

All of us at Canarias Gospel Summit agree that, apart from the teaching and learning nature of the event, it is of vital importance that this festival has an integrating character for the whole of the society. Therefore, we try that all cultural events within the festival become part of the identity of the different places where these take place and that they are positively considered by other professionals.

The second edition of Canarias Gospel Summit will take place in October 2020, in Candelaria, with a programme that includes activities for all types of participants and age groups.



The gospel workshop for adults, main activity of Canarias Gospel Summit 2020, will take place from 9th to 11th October and will consist of intensive sessions to train participants in vocal technique adapted to choir singing and the gospel music genre. Over the weekend the participants will have the chance to work and prepare different gospel songs and will be guided on how to perform on stage with a final concert on the last day of the workshop to show what they learn over the weekend. In the 2020 edition of Canarias Gospel Summit we will have a special guest to carry out this workshop, the choir director and singer from London Ruth Waldron.



This workshop is designed for young children and teenagers and will take place in October, on different days in the morning (exact date still pending confirmation). The workshop will consist of two sessions of two hours each in which the children who participate will engage in different activities within the field of music therapy in order to broaden their competences and skills through music, and always in the context of gospel music. In this second edition of Canarias Gospel Summit, Sonia Cárdenas, from the Canary Islands, will be the specialist in music therapy and music teaching in charge of this activity. All children willing to participate are welcome in this workshop, without discrimination or requirement to access of any kind, in an attemp to promote integration of participants with different profiles.


On different days in the months of October and November, there will be different masterclass sessions in local schools in the municipality of Candelaria. These sessions will be dedicated to gospel singing, the spreading of necessary values for the whole of the society such as the importance of culture and art in education, as well as to the knowledge of the history and origins of gospel music. The person in charge of these sessions will be the head and founder of Escuela Gospel de Canarias, Ezequiel Barrios.


For all of us at Canarias Gospel Summit, it is important that music reaches every single person, which is why in this edition there will be different concerts in places which are home to people who do not have the opportunity to go to a theatre or music venue to see a concert, such as care homes for the elderly. The choir of Escuela Gospel de Canarias will visit different care homes to bring a fresh repertoire to all residents and will interact with the elderly to make them enjoy a day full of entertainment and music.


In the 2020 edition of Canarias Gospel Summit there will be three free concerts suitable for all audiences, full of gospel and with the participation of special guests where the main purpose will be to transmit a positive message to the audience. These concerts will have a significant social nature and character through the collaboration with different organisations that need the support of the society. The concerts programmed in this second edition of Canarias Gospel Summit will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 9th October: concert by the local gospel group Naturally
  • Saturday 10th October: concert by the choir Canarias Gospel Choir, with all the members of Escuela Gospel de Canarias from different islands of the Canary Islands
  • Sunday 11th October: final end-of-workshop concert with all the participants in the gospel workshop for adults directed by our special guest Ruth Waldron


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Ruth Waldron

This year, as it could not have been any other way, we will have the honour of having with us a very special guest from London, Ruth Waldron. Ruth has an admirable professional career both in training, teaching and conducting gospel choirs, she has also worked and sung together with very important professionals of the international gospel music scene and has performed numerous times on stage. She has been living for some years now in Norway with her family, where she currently works as a singer and choir director with her husband and also a musician, Emmanuel Waldron. It will be an honour to have this talented choir director and vocalist with us this year at Canarias Gospel Summit 2020.

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Ezequiel Barrios

The head and founder of Escuela Gospel de Canarias will be the person in charge of the masterclass sessions in local schools. With almost 20 years’ experience dedicated to gospel choir singing and directing, he has taught many training sessions and workshops both for adults, children and teenagers, has taught several masterclass sessions in schools and has been director of different adult and children choirs. Ezequiel has also attended training workshops of gospel music in different countries and cities where he has had the opportunity to learn from prestigious directors, musicians and producers of this fascinating music genre. Currently, Ezequiel works as director of Escuela Gospel de Canarias and also of the music group Naturally.

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Sonia Cárdenas

From the Canary Islands and passionate about teaching and music: these could be the main features to describe our special guest in charge of the workshop for young children. Sonia Cárdenas graduated at university in Primary Education Teaching specializing in music teaching and she also has a postgraduate degree in Methodology and Resources for Music Teaching, the certificate in Therapeutic Pedagogy and a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy, Special Education and Special Education Needs. Sonia is also a gospel singer currently in training and a member of Canarias Gospel Choir. We are sure it will be a very enriching experience to have her as a teacher for the youngest singers at this years’ edition of Canarias Gospel Summit.


This group is formed by all the members of Escuela Gospel de Canarias. It is a choir made up of approximately 60 people from different islands of the Canary Islands. The main objective of the choir is to promote gospel music through concerts and by working closely with the society through social activities such as concerts, workshops, or awareness-raising and support activities for social organizations or associations.


Naturally is one of the reference music groups in the Canary Islands, a music ensemble of skilled soloists and instrumentalists specializing in black music (soul, R&B, gospel, etc.). The group’s main objective is to bring a fresh sound to the stage and focuses very much on the work and result of vocal arrangements. The group brings together a team of 15 people in total including members on and off stage (6 vocalists, 4 instrumentalists and 5 technicians). Currently the group are working on their show Legacy and the production of their new single and video.