Gospel Workshop

Gospel Workshop

7 - 10 July 2022  |  4-day workshop  |  $215 / $185 concession*

Gospel Workshop with Maria Lurighi & Andrew Legg 


The Richard Smallwood Gospel Retrospective – includes performance as part of headline concert and recording with the Southern Gospel Choir




Spanning over 50 years, the music of Richard Smallwood, alongside James Cleveland and Edwin Hawkins, paved the way for and became the driving force behind the ‘new’ contemporary gospel music from the 1970’s to the present day. The influence of Smallwood’s music is immense, but at the heart of his music are the inspirational musicianship, arrangements, musical direction and production of Steven Ford. Now undertaking his PhD at the University of Tasmania with Associate Professor Legg, Steven Ford will act as a consultant with Andrew Legg and Maria Lurighi teaming up to facilitate and produce a landmark recording and concert series – a retrospective of the music of Richard Smallwood.

This workshop will create a gospel choir who will have the unique opportunity to be a part of this international project by participating in performing and recording some of Smallwood’s most loved tunes including

Anthem of Praise; Psalm 8; Total Praise and one of Steven Ford’s original compositions Faith To Believe. 

Thirty years in the making, Steven Ford (Richard Smallwood/Fred Hammond/the Winans), Andrew Legg (Myron Butler/Kirk Franklin/Michael Spiby/UTAS Southern Gospel Choir), and Maria Lurighi (Voice Lecturer at UTAS since 1999 and Coordinator of Voice since 2012 at UTAS since 1999) have forged a remarkable musical and personal relationship, underpinning and reinventing the contemporary gospel music tradition in Australia.


Maria Lurighi

Maria has been teaching contemporary voice at the Conservatorium of Music since 1999 and has been a guest tutor at the last three ‘Festival of Voices’.

Maria Lurighi has studied with Peter Rorke and Russell Smith. In 1981, Maria was the youngest finalist in the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship. While studying singing, she also undertook three years of drama training with Graham Byrne at the University of Southern Queensland. Maria has performed the roles of Carmen, Magda Sorell (The Consul), Marcellina, Cherubino and Countess (Marriage of Figaro) all in collaboration with Peter Rorke as well Calliope in Orpheus and the Underworld.

Maria has sung with many of the great Jazz and R&B artists of Australia, including Gary Costello, Alan Browne, Barry Duggan, Paul Rettke, Ike Issacs, Marcie Howard, Rose Bygreaves, Dave Steele and Michael Spiby. Classically, Maria has performed many concert programs with such artists as Bracchi Tilles, Spiros Rantos, Natlia Afeyan, Hartmutt Lindeman, Ben Martin and David Kramm. Her performances include Overhead at Inveresk, an opera commissioned for the 2001 ‘Ten Days on the Island’ festival, and Spargere for voice and string quartet, both composed by David Young. Maria has also performed new commissions by Rae Marcellino and Con Koukios. Maria has performed on many occasions as a soloist with the TSO and has also hosted an evening of “Olympic Spirit” with the TSO including the world premiere, in 2004, of Olympic Spirit by Constantine Koukios. She has also performed sell-out seasons at the ‘Melbourne International Festival’ and ‘Ten Days on the Island’.

Maria has recorded as a soloist and is the vocal coach for the Southern Gospel Choir which, in 2006, made the finals of the Aria awards with Great Day: He takes the pain away making Margaret Throsby’s top 100 songs for 2006.

Dr. Andrew Legg

Legg was born in Hobart in 1964, trained as a classical pianist, composer and educator but is best known for his work as a powerhouse gospel and soul pianist, steeped in the African American tradition and community. He has an enviable and well-established international reputation as pianist, arranger and writer, performing with some of the most respected gospel choirs and artists in the USA including Take 6, Kristian Dentley, Alvin Chee, Marvin Weatherford, Myron Butler (Levi and Potters House), James Abbington, the late Dr Horace Boyer and the world-dominating Kirk Franklin.

Legg continues his long-standing relationship with multi Grammy award winning gospel artists Myron Butler (God’s Property, Kirk Franklin, Levi, Potters House) and Khristian Dentley (Take 6, BoL). Together they have formed a songwriting and production team that has produced two award-winning albums, with two hit gospel songs (My Forever Friend and Let Freedom Ring). The ‘three amigos’ have also formed the team that has underpinned the incredibly successful gospel workshops at Festival of Voices. Dentley and Legg have now taken their dynamic partnership to a completely new level, with a ‘gospel boot-camp’ workshop they tour internationally, and to critical acclaim.

Legg founded the now iconic 130-voice UTAS Conservatorium Southern Gospel Choir in 2000, and their debut CD, Great Day was nominated for an ARIA (World Music) in August of 2005, and along with musical partner, Badloves founder and longtime friend Michael Spiby, have now released the SGC’s much anticipated second studio album, High On A Mountain, and first DVD, Brighter Day. Legg toured his 90-voice SGC and band across the US in 2014, selling out houses in Atlanta, Dallas, Tuskegee and Las Angeles, including a live broadcast from the 8000-seat filled-to-capacity Potters House church that reached over 5 million viewers world-wide.

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This fee will cover the cost of your music, festival accreditation, light refreshments, special choir discounts to Festival Events and specially negotiated accommodation rates. 
*A Booking Fee of $2.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out.


Anyone who connects with the soulful power of gospel. No music reading required but some experience in energy-filled group singing is of benefit. A wonderful experience for people who like to stand up, move around  and feel the power of song.


Festival of Voices will continue to monitor the use of face masks and will seek advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health with updates provided to our participants and ticket holders.


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