The power of singing together


About the research

Football supporters, the scouts, students, churchgoers, ... They all like to sing together because singing together unites. People were already aware of this in the 18th century. In her research, Renée Vulto (Ghent University) looks at how singing together was used as a political instrument at that time, in order to strengthen national identity and create a sense of belonging.

Renée Vulto

Which role does music play in our lives? Can it change what we feel and how we act? Renée Vulto is fascinated by the effects of music, and how music influenced historical developments. In her PhD research at Ghent University she investigates how singing groups in the eighteenth century set in motion political change in the Netherlands. Her focus is on how singing together strengthened communities in times of conflict and change.

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