Gospel for all

An inclusive choir project with many positive effects! On the occasion of the International Multiple Sclerosis Day on 30 May, the Fondation EME is organising a big closing concert of the Gospel for all project at the Mierscher Kulturhaus. This inclusive choir project has been an opportunity for everyone to discover their own voice and body, in order to search for new ways of expression…

Published on 24 Jul. 23

Participants au Gospel for all sur scène

Why is this project inclusive and what were the positive effects?

This project is inclusive because it brings together people from different social groups. There was a call for participants: anyone who was interested could take part in the rehearsals in Bill and then in the concert.  Some of the singers have multiple sclerosis, which is the most common autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. This pathology affects the myelin – the sheath that surrounds and protects nerve fibres – whose progressive destruction slows down the transmission of nerve impulses.

So, since February 2023, these people from all walks of life, brought together by their love of singing, have been rehearsing every Saturday, regardless of their age, their illness or their musical knowledge. These rehearsals have been an opportunity to participate together in the elaboration of a long-term common project. The bonds created during these rehearsals are often very strong… The heartbeats of the people who sing in a group can even start to synchronise!

Gospel for all

Musique de gospel durant toute la vidéo.

Les participants chantent, lisent leurs partitions et rigolent ensemble.

Indeed, singing has multiple effects on the body and health of all participants.

It is a positive physical exercise for the entire cardiovascular system. It stimulates the breathing, which promotes relaxation, having a beneficial effect on long-term heart health. 

Singing can also significantly reduce stress, as singing can trigger the release of endorphins and oxytocin, two 'feel-good' hormones, which can immediately reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and decrease symptoms of depression according to various studies

More generally, music can have a positive effect on people with multiple sclerosis, as we discussed in our podcast with Benoît Emeraux. Benoît Emeraux is a doctor specialising in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. In that episode, he talked to us about the fun aspect of musical exercises, and the overall impact on improving balance in particular.

The choir concert took place on 30 May 2023, as part of the Gospel for all project. It was held at the Mierscher Kulturhaus in collaboration with INECC Luxembourg, Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft Trier and MS Lëtzebuerg.

Gospel for all - Fondation EME

Musique de gospel durant toute la vidéo.

Les participants au projet chantent sur scène, avec la chef d'orchestre.

Le public prend des photos et applaudit.

More about the Gospel for all project