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Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 — Friday, 16 Aug 2013

The Golden Peacock 2013

We are showcasing the wealth of talent at our song school and the breadth of repertoire that they will bring to life on Sunday 11th August with a public concert here.

The Golden Peacock  The Yiddish Song course led by internationally acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky with esteemed colleagues Hilda Bronstein and Polina Shepherd. It is designed for advanced singers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich Yiddish song repertoire. Mornings are spent studying vocabulary, syntax, grammar and pronunciation with the outstanding language teachers of OT AZOY!

You will be amazed at how much you are able to learn and be singing, reading, writing and speaking Yiddish in only one week!

Here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer

  • This is the only opportunity in the UK to immerse yourself in the deep and inspiring world of Yiddish culture for a whole week through language, literature, song and film with interesting and like-minded people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
  • You will have the privilege of working with some of the UK and Europe’s top educators and performers. No matter what your level in Yiddish whether a beginner or a budding linguist, professional singer or amateur enthusiast, you will benefit from the width and breath of programmes on offer through the week, both day and night.
  • The language and song schools run parallel during the week. Sessions for the week include reading, writing and speaking Yiddish, song master classes, concerts, film and discussion of the Yiddish scene in London and beyond.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, on the doorstep of King’s Cross in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities including a special guided walk through London’s historical Jewish East End?
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JMI team for extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.

Fees: Full rate £235
Discount rate £220 (if paid in full by 1 May)
Student rate £135
Discount Student rate £120 (if paid in full by 1 May)


Shura Lipovsky (Amsterdam)
This is Shura’s eighth year as Director of the Golden Peacock, Yiddish Song School (formerly Tumbala!). Shura Lipovsky is one of the world’s most renowned singers of Yiddish/Jewish repertoire. A native of the Netherlands, she studied singing at the Rotterdam conservatory with Margreet Honig and Yiddish with Mira Rafalowicz and at New York University, Oxford Summer University and La Maison de la Culture Yiddish/Bibliothèque Medem in Paris.Shura Lipovsky teaches master classes for singers, repertoire classes of Yiddish songs and workshops in Hassidic dance, songs and stories. Shura has taught and performed at KlezFests and Yiddish and Jewish Culture Festivals worldwide and has worked with a plethora of world-class musicians from Europe and the United States.
Polina Shepherd (Brighton)
Born in Siberia, and now based in Brighton, Polina Shepherd is an internationally renowned composer, singer, pianist and a celebrated Yiddish and Russian choir leader. Her specially developed choral teaching methods are based on instrumental ornamentation and Jewish modes. She has become indelibly linked to the KlezFest Choir, where musicians and singers alike congregate to shift some seious vocal muscles. Polina has taught at KlezFests world wide and leads the UCL East European Choir. Polina performs with her own a cappella ensemble, ‘The Vocal Quartet Ahkenazim’, The Max Pashm Band, Fanfara Brass Band and works with the Sound & Light Cinematic Duo, who play live accompaniment to rare black and white silent Jewish films.
Hilda Bronstein (London)
Hilda is well-known to London audiences as a singer and teacher of Yiddish Song. She was the Director of the JMI’s Weekly Song School from 2005 to 2008, and now runs regular Yiddish Song Workshops under the title Sing Your Roots. In May 2008, she was awarded the Mira Rafalowicz Prize for the best interpretation of Yiddish Song at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, and in 2009 she performed at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music to a standing ovation. Hilda has made two CDs of Yiddish songs, and performs regularly with her Klezmer/Swing band Chutzpah!

Some scholarships are available for Ot Azoy! and The Golden Peacock, which provide funds towards the fees. To apply for a scholarship, please email JMI explaining your need for financial assistance and why you would like to do the course.

Sunday 11 August 10.30am Registration for beginners
Sunday 11 August 11-12.30pm Alef Beys class for beginners
Sunday 11 August 2.00-5.00pm Special afternoon programme for all students
Monday 12 August 9am Registration for all other participants
Classes: Monday-Friday 9.30am-6.30pm
Thursday 15 August 7.00-9.00pm: Faculty & student evening performance – family and friends welcome.

SOAS Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW

Meals are not included – the SOAS cafeteria at the Vernon Square Campus supplies hot and cold snacks at very reasonable rates. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch. There will be a communal area for course participants to eat together. A packed lunch is recommended on Sunday.

Accommodation is not included. There are lots of Hotels/Hostels in the area, if you would like a list of these then please get in touch.
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Online booking for The Golden Peacock will commence shortly, however if you would like to register your interest for a place then Contact JMI .,, sildenafil citrate, order phentermine online without a prescription