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The Power of Gospel

Looking for higher ground? Then enter the world of R&B and Gospel! You will go on a journey to the 'roots' of these music styles. After this ‘All you need to know about…’ you can visit the Young Metropole & Michelle David concert. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 19:00-20:00 hrs.


Admission is free. Limited number of places available. You can order tickets for the lecture The Power of Gospel via Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg:

Reserve tickets for the lecture 


The following concert by Young Metropole & Michelle David costs 12,50 euro for youngsters up to 26 years. You can order tickets via Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg:

Reserve tickets for the concert 

You are free to visit both, or just one of the events (lecture or concert).  Please take notice: pay attention to the (corona) measures of Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg.

Roots & Spirit

In this introductory lecture by four ‘backing vocalists’ we are getting to know where the music styles R&B and Gospel come from. What is so specific about Gospel? What has God to with it? Which artists are the trailblazers, the flag bearers and followers of this music? How are these genres intertwined with other forms of music? And of course: can you feel the Power of Gospel?!

You will be taken on a journey to the 'roots' of R&B and Gospel. Names that pass the review are e.g. Harlem Gospel choir, J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Cory Henry. Singers and (former) students who will speak are:

•             Maria Kostyukova – studied at Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen

•             Iris Fetter – student at The Royal Conservatory The Hague

•             Annemieke Lezwijn - studied at the Royal Conservatory The Hague

•             Sophie Koole – studied at Codarts Rotterdam


After the lecture you can enjoy a concert by Young Metropole & Michelle David. The Young Metropole is a unique orchestra with the best musicians from the classical and jazz departments of the Dutch conservatories. Michelle David is one of the greatest (gospel) singers living in the Netherlands. Together with the ‘backing vocals’ who told you everything about the genres shortly before, they will play the ‘Higher Ground’ program later that evening. You will hear a mix of gospel, soul, funk, Afrobeat and jazz. Starting time 20.30hrs, tickets are only 12,50 euro for youngster up to 26 years. This concert is a warmin’up for the Better Get Hit Festival mid January.

Michelle David (Foto: Jonathan Hielkema)

All You Need To Know About...

A series of  introductory lectures on essential topics and inspirational thinkers in academia and the arts. After this ‘pressure cooker’ of maximum 60 minutes by an expert you can safely engage in a conversation about the topic discussed. Read more about the series.


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The lecture is organized by Studium Generale together with Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg and the Metropole Orchestra organization.

Contact: Has Klerx (Studium Generale).

Picture: Howard Gospel Choir © US Embassy Sweden (via Flickr)

* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions. There will be no recording of this event available afterwards, so make sure you attend!

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