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Jewish Music PerformancesChoose the appropriate month

Below you will find information about all the performance programmes that the Jewish Music Institute is involved with for the coming season. You will find both forthcoming and passed events so please check the date - the latest dates are at the top of this list and the earliest are at the bottom.

December 2011

Sunday 11 December 2011
Klezmer Day at SOAS
10.30am – 5pm at SOAS, London
Supported by the JMI Klezmer Caravan
Spend a day learning and playing klezmer with the UK’s leading performers and teachers: Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), and Francesca Ter-Berg (cello)
Sessions for those less familiar with klezmer will include learning tunes and investigating klezmer modes, style and ensemble playing.
For more experienced players we’ll have sessions on doynes and dance sets, as well as the opportunity to workshop pieces of your choice.
Come for the full day, or for half a day (morning session is 10.30am-1.30pm, afternoon session is 2pm-5pm).
Book early if you’d like a 40-minute individual lesson with one of the JMI Klezmer Caravan’s fabulous teachers.
Finish your day at the amazing pre-Hanukah Hopkele Klezmer Keildih, where Guy Schalom will be leading traditional Yiddish dancing with the London Klezmer Quartet providing live music (see www.ilanacravitz.com/hopkele.htm). There’s a special discount offer for Klezmer Day attendees of £10. Doors open 7.15pm at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY (Camden Town tube)
Staff Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Francesca Ter-Berg (cello)
Venue SOAS Main Building, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Tube stations: Euston, Russell Square.
Level the day would suit players of Grade 4 or equivalent facility and upwards.
Queries and further information email [email protected] or call Ilana Cravitz on 0782 551 0881
Lessons on a first-come first-served basis. Preference will be given to those attending the workshops.

Sunday 11th December 2011
Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh
A 21st Century Yiddish barn dance with live music for the whole family!
The Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh phenomenon will hit London again this winter. It’s the familiar ceildih format, with one essential difference - it’s old-style Jewish, rather than Celtic! Klezmer dance “kaller” Guy Schalom will lead and teach traditional Eastern European Yiddish circle, square and chain dances, along with live klezmer music from the London Klezmer Quartet.
£15/£12 concessions
Cecil Sharp House - 2 Regents Park Rd, London NW1 7AY
Tube: Camden Town
Doors: 7:15pm / First Dance: 7.45pm
Hopkele Productions supported by JMI
07714 945971 or book online:
www.ilanacravitz.com/hopkele.htm

November 2011

Wednesday 9 November 2011, 7.30pm
JMI - Central Synagogue Soiree
With Melinda Hughes and Steven Leas
Selection of songs by Spoliansky and music theatre favourites
Celebrating the re-launch of Jewish Music Central, Central Synagogue in collaboration with the Jewish Music Institute present a Soiree starring Melinda Hughes with a selection from her new CD of songs by Spoliansky; Central’s own Chazan, Steven Leas, singing a medley of musical theatre favourites, plus opera and operetta; with guest Violinist.£15 including light reception
Central Synagogue, 36-40 Hallam Street, London W1W 6NW
Central Synagogue and JMI
Online http://newevents.theus.org.uk or call Central Synagogue office on 020 7580 1355.http://www.centralsynagogue.org.uk/whats_on/events/current/c-258/centrals-soiree/
Download a flyer

October 2011

Monday 3 October 2011, 7.45pm
Concert in association with the Orchestra of St Paul’s
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre,
Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Eisler, Copland

September 2011

Thursday 22 September, 8.00pm
The delightful Monica Acosta and Ensemble
Concert of Sephardi KANTOS of the Hispano, Judeo, Sephardi and Ladino heritage with extensive explanations of their historic and cultural origin.
Montefiore Hall, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, 2 Ashworth Road, W9 1JY.
Friends of JMI can have tickets @ £20 instead of £30. (Students £15) (To become a friend send £25 to JMI via our donate or pay button on the JMI homepage).
Apply for tickets directly to Alison Baker at the Friends of the Hebrew University [email protected] or telephone 020 8349 5757 and say you are a Friend of JMI.

Sunday 18 September 2011, 2-4.30pm
New Jewish Music Youth Ensemble
Click here to download a flyer
The JMI is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the JCC to form a Youth Music Ensemble.
The group will be led by professional musicians and will explore a variety of challenging and exciting music with the aim of eventually performing in public venues across London. The first pilot workshop will take place at the Roundhouae in Chalk Farm. It will explore the eclectic world of Jewish Music from Klezmer to Sephardic songs, coached by Klezmer cellist Francesca Ter-Berg.
* Improve your improvising skills
* Learn to play by ear
* Explore your heritage
All participants music be a minimum grade 4 on their instrument and aged 14-18 years.
Studio Theatre, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
2pm-4.30ppm
£12
To book visit www.jcclondon.org.uk or call the JCC office on 0207 431 9866. For more information contact [email protected]

Sunday 11 September 2011, 1pm-5pm
Klezmer in the Park
Regents Park

August 2011

Sunday 14 – Friday 19 August 2011
Ot Azoy! JMI Yiddish Crash Course
SOAS University of London
The famous JMI one week immersion in Yiddish Language and Culture will take place in August. Led again by Helen (Khayele) Beer with Sonya Pinkusowitz, Heather Valencia and Lily Kahn and with Barry Davis presenting films, and Shura Lipovsky teaching Yiddish through song, this course is a life changing and exhilarating experience.  To see what others have said in the past and register for this year go to the Ot Azoy! pages.

Sunday 14 – Friday 19 August 2011
Tumbala! advanced Yiddish Song Course
SOAS University of London
Running parallel with Ot Azoy! (the famous one week immersion in Yiddish Language and song) we are again mounting a special course for singers wishing to engage in Yiddish Repertoire.  Singers will learn the basics of the Yiddish language in the mornings and in the afternoons some of the finest exponents of Yiddish song from Europe and America including Shura Lipovsky and Joanne Borts Polina Shepherd and Hilda Bronstein (tbc) will guide singers in pronunciation, meaning, style and interpretation of this huge heritage of amazing songs. To read what a past student said last year and register for this year go to the
Tumbala! page.

July 2011

Monday– Friday 4-8 July (5.00pm – 9.00pm
The JMI KlezFest Caravan comes to the World Music Summer School at SOAS for 2011   

Get your KlezFest fix – by joining
Merlin Shepherd (clarinet)
Ilana Cravitz (fiddle)

Ros Hawley (clarinet)
Guy Schalom (percussion and dance)
For exciting early and late evening sessions in klezmer music and dance – part of an exciting summer school on the musics of the world taking place at SOAS Russell Square Campus, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG.
Klezmer music – the vibrant and emotive celebratory wedding music and dance of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe in times past – will be taught in two separately bookable consecutive 2-hour sessions (5pm – 7pm and 7pm – 9pm) from Monday to Friday 4 – 8 July 2011. Both sessions will cater for players on any instrument from grade 3 or equivalent – up to advanced and professional players, whether new to klezmer or already experienced.  They will cover repertoire, context, modes, ornamentation, rhythm and style of klezmer music. Dancers are also welcome for the 7pm – 9pm sessions
The courses are presented by the JMI KlezFest Caravan and led by some of Britain’s most renowned and sought after klezmer performers and teachers.
Students can book for either one, or both sessions Monday to Friday  5 – 7pm and 7 – 9pm. 
5 – 7pm Basics of Klezmer and for advanced players – the Meron Style   £75
7 – 9pm Ensemble Skills and for advanced players, Klezmer for Dancing  £75    (£135 if doing both sessions)

 

June 2011

Saturday 4 / Sunday 5 June  
The KlezFest Caravan comes to Norfolk
with Yiddish Song and Klezmer Music workshops (and concert Sat 4 June 8.00pm)
The workshops run over two days on Saturday 4 June 3pm - 5.15 and Sunday 5 June 10am - 4pm
£45 (or £38 before 1st May) one day only option available on request
St Thomas Parish Hall, Earlham Road, Norwich
Yiddish Singing Workshop with Polina Shepherd
Led by Polina Shepherd, one of Britain's leading musicians in this field, this workshop is open to all singers and requires no ability to read music.
Participants will learn traditional Chassidic songs and Nigunim without words by ear and will be introduced to the specific ornamentations of this singing style.
Klezmer Instrumental Workshops with Merlin Shepherd
Led by internationally admired Klezmer clarinettist Merlin Shepherd, this workshop is open to all instrumentalists from a range of backgrounds and abilities, though not suitable for complete beginners on their instruments. Participants will learn Klezmer tunes mostly by ear and will be taught how to make Eastern European Jewish sounds on their instruments, introducing them to the ornamentation and phrasing of this music.
To register for the workshops, please contact Jane Wallace 01603 505215 or email [email protected]  

Saturday, 4 June 8pm (doors open from 7.30)
Merlin and Polina Shepherd in Concert
A fantastic night of lively and haunting Klezmer tunes from Merlin and Polina's repertoire.
St Thomas Parish Hall
Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door (£5 if booked with a workshop)
To book concert tickets contact: Prelude Records 25B St Giles Street Norwich 01603 628319

Monday 27 June, 7.30pm
Julian Klein Memorial Concert
(Part of the 6th annual JMI Cantors Convention this year taking place in Manchester 28 – 30 June 2011)
Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, Bury New Road, M25 9WN Manchester


Guest Cantors Yaakov Motzen and Sol Zim of New York.
will be joined by
Ezra Sher and Barry Braun (SA) Michael Dushinsky (Czech Rep) Benjamin Chait (Germany)
And UK cantors
Adam Caplan, Albert Chait, Charlie Chait, Didi Chrysler Michael Isdale, Yehudah Marx, Zevi Neumann, Yossi Saunders and Dov Speier
With the Leeds United Synagogue Choir, conducted by
Phil Cammerman,
£15
B Horwitz Judaica World, 2-4 Kings Rd, Prestwich, M25 0LE, 0161 773 4956
And Prestwich Hebrew Congregation  0161 773 1978

March 2011

Israeli Music in London
Part of JMI International Conference Art Musics of Israel, University of London 28 – 31 March 2011
With contributions from performers, composers musicologists and ethnomusicologists
www.jmi.org.uk 020 8909 2445  

Sunday 27 March 2011
Cities of Light
Rebecca Joy Fletcher
Acclaimed American chanteuse, actress, playwright and cantor, Fletcher has created a ferocious and fascinating romp through the sparkling kaleidoscope of Jewish involvement in Cabaret in Berlin, Paris, Warsaw and Tel Aviv in the 1920s and 1930s with musical evocations of Weimar tangos, Paris Dada Shimmies, tribal Yiddish romps and lullabies of Tel Aviv.
Jewish Museum, Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB
£15  020 7284 7384 [email protected]

Tuesday 29 March
Kulmus Hanefesh  - The Quill of the Soul

Andre Hajdu and Ha'Oman Hai Ensemble
Hungarian Born Israeli composer, Hajdu and a group of exceptional musicians, mostly his former students, create thrilling new musical expressions – part classical, part pop and jazz and always spiritual and meditative in a programme based on ancient Chassidic melodies.  
7.00pm
Brunei Gallery Theatre SOAS University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
£5  www.soas.ac.uk/concerts
For a few minutes after the song ended, one could feel a shiver running through the audience.
Strange, absurd, stimulating, and inspiring to tears  Sichat Ha’Shavua

Thursday 31 March
Soundscapes of Israel
Meitar Chamber Ensemble

and guests
Gila Goldstein – piano
Helix Percussion Duo – Catherine Ring and Louise Morgan
Set up in 2004, this prize-winning group of instrumentalists is committed to performing works by contemporary Israeli composers. Many of those who have written specially for them, will be present to introduce the Middle Eastern and Western sounds that inform their music.
Works by Hana Ajiashvili, Paul Ben Haim, Hilat Ben Knaz, Adi Morag, Assaf Noy, Menachem Wiesenberg, Michael Wolpe, Menachem Zur. 
7.15pm
Purcell Room Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
£15, £10 (groups of 5 or more 25% off)
0844 875 0073 www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Group Bookings line 0844 875 0070 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm) or email: [email protected]
“......Its hard to over-praise Amit Dolberg and his friends..."Haaretz
 
The UK visit by The Meitar Ensemble is supported by the family of the pianist Erich Schulhof of Czechoslovakia whose life was cut short in Auschwitz 1944 at the aged of 34

There will be concerts by these artists in different communities – see below for details.

Lunchtime recitals each day in the Chancellors Hall, Senate House will complement scholarly sessions featuring the celebrated pianist Gila Goldstein (a Ben Haim specialist) the Galay Duo (cello and piano) and pianist Rotem Luz amongst others. Public welcome. Free events.


Ancillary concerts associated with the JMI International Conference
Art Musics of Israel, University of London 28 – 31 March 2011
With contributions from performers, composers musicologists and ethnomusicologists
conference

Sunday 27 March 2011
Kulmus Hanefesh – The Quill of the Soul
Andre Hajdu and Ha'Oman Hai Ensemble

Hungarian Born Israeli composer, Hajdu and a group of exceptional musicians, mostly his former students, create thrilling new musical expressions – part classical, part pop and jazz and always spiritual and meditative in a programme based on ancient Chassidic melodies.  

3.30pm
New North London Synagogue, 80 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 2SY
Ticket price and booking arrangements (tbc)
'For a few minutes after the song ended, one could feel a shiver running through the audience.'

'Strange, absurd, stimulating, and inspiring to tears.' 
Sichat Ha’Shavua

Tuesday 29 March
Cities of Light
Rebecca Joy Fletcher

Acclaimed American chanteuse, actress, playwright and cantor, Fletcher has created a ferocious and fascinating romp through the sparkling kaleidoscope of Jewish involvement in Cabaret in Berlin, Paris, Warsaw and Tel Aviv in the 1920s and 1930s with musical evocations of Weimar tangos, Paris Dada Shimmies, tribal Yiddish romps and lullabies of Tel Aviv.

Click here to download a poster.

North West Surrey Synagogue, Horvath Close, Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9QZ
Time 7.45pm
Call 01932 855400 to book tickets.

Lunchtime recitals each day at 1.40 – 2.15 in the Chancellors Hall, Senate House will complement scholarly sessions featuring the celebrated pianist Gila Goldstein (a Ben Haim specialist) the Galay Duo (cello and piano) and pianist Rotem Luz amongst others. Public welcome. Free events.


Friday 4 – Monday 7 March 2011
Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue Choral Weekend  
With guest Chazan Daniel Halfon
and the Choir of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation
under the direction of Eliot Alderman, Director of Music
A celebration of the music of the Western Sephardi minhag featuring the finest selections from the Choral and Hazanut repertoire
Friday 4 March, 5.30pm – Erev Shabbat service
Shabbat 5 March, 8.30am – Shabbat morning service
Sunday 6 March, 8.45am – Choral Rosh Hodesh morning service to be followed Sunday 6 March, 10am - Festive Rosh Hodesh breakfast
Monday 7 March, 7.30 - 9.30pm (includes break for refreshments) – Lecture & group singing session on the music of the Spanish & Portuguese minhag.
There will be a chance for the audience to learn some of our favourite melodies!
Daniel Halfon (below left) is the Emeritus Hazzan of the Yad Harav Nissim synagogue in Jerusalem and a leading authority of the cantorial style of the western Sephardim. A classically trained baritone, Daniel has conducted services in the all of the major synagogues of the Spanish and Portuguese tradition. In 2006 Daniel was appointed by the President of the State of Israel as Hazzan of the Presidential Synagogue.
Breakfast on 6th March must be booked in advance at £5 per person.
Click here for more details on the events and to book for the breakfast!
Lauderdale Road Synagogue, (2 Ashworth Road, London W9 1JY, Tel: 020 7289 2573)
Presented by Eliot Alderman (below right), Musical Director in association with the Jewish Music Institute

 


Sunday 20 March, 7.30pm
Shtetl to Sondheim:
tracing in music the Jewish journey from Eastern Europe to the USA
Introduced by Ron Moody
The London International Orchestra Conducted by Paul Wynne Griffiths by kind permission of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Leader: John Bradbury
Cello: Roman Broide
Guest artist: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone)
Balalaika: Bibs Ekkel
Piano accordion: Sarah Aaronson
New West End Synagogue St Petersburgh Place, W2 4JT
Tickets £45, £20, £10 (restricted view)
020 7229 2631 [email protected]

 

November 2010

Joe Loss Concert: Still in the Mood
Sunday 21 November 2010, 7.45pm
The wonderful music of the beloved band leader Joe Loss will resound again with his band – now led by Todd Miller – with singers and special guests.
To get In the Mood again come to the beautiful Hampton School Hall, Hanworth Road, Hampton TW12 3HD  
Tickets £35, £55 - proceeds go to North West Surrey Synagogue and the Jewish Music Institute’s Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music
http://450hall.hamptonschool.org.uk

August 2010

KlezFest Concerts

Wednesday 4 August 7.30pm

Queen Esther and Hilda with Chutzpah!

Hilda Bronstein with Chutzpah! from London and The Queen Esther Trio: Emma Stiman, Mark Kovnatsky and Ilya Shneyveys, from Europe sing and play klezmer and Yiddish music from their new CDs

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Sunday 8 August 7.30pm

Klezmer in Richmond

A pot-purée of Klezmer bands visiting London from around the world.

Richmond Synagogue Lichfield Road, Richmond-on-Thames, Surrey TW9 1AP

Monday 9 August 7.30pm

Tumbalalaika –Yiddish songs of Love and Romance

Doyens of Yiddish song from America, Europe and Britain Michael Alpert, Shura Lipovsky, Polina Shepherd and Hilda Bronstein bring you the most exquisite and surprising love songs - from around the Yiddish world.

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Upper Street, London N1 2UN

Wednesday 11 August 7.30pm

Klezmer Klimax! The Ultimate Klezmer Concert

American, European and British Klezmer luminaries including Frank London, Michael Alpert, Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Merlin Shepherd, Andreas Schmitges, Ilana Cravitz, Ros Hawley, Paul Tkachenko, Emma Stiman, and Abbi Wood bring you the most exciting klezmer sounds around.

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Upper Street, London N1 2UN

£17.50 (in advance) for one concert
£15 each for booking two or more concerts at the same time
(Groups of 10 or more for any concert £15 per ticket) (includes booking fee). 
£20 on the door

www.ticketweb.co.uk  08444 77 1000 Booking now open

Part of JMI KlezFest, London 1 – 13 August JMI’s summer schools with weeklong courses in Yiddish language and in repertoire, style and interpretation of Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance  www.jmi.org.uk   

 Ot Azoy!
Sunday 1 - Friday 6 August 2010

An intensive and fun crash course for beginner and for advanced students of all ages and backgrounds lef by UCL's Helen (Khayele) Beer, with Sonia Pinkusowitz (Brussels), Heather Valencia (Stirling), includes conversation, song, drama and film (with Barry Davis, London). Wonderful introduction to the language and culture for singers and klezmer players. SOAS University of London.

Open for booking.

 Tumbala! - The London Yiddish Song School
Sunday 1 – Friday 13 August 2010  

Announcing a new two-week summer course for singers with both classical and folk backgrounds, studying Yiddish language together with expert guidance in repertoire, context, pronunciation and interpretation of Yiddish song.  This course is integrated in week one with Ot Azoy! the JMI Yiddish crash course and in week two with KlezFest Song School. SOAS University of London.

Open for booking.

JMI KlezFest London
Sunday 8 - Friday 13 August 2010

An intensive and inspiring week-long Summer School for professional and amateur instrumentalists, singers and dancers, of all ages and backgrounds. Workshops and masterclasses on style, ornamentation, interpretation, technique, repertoire, ensemble playing, dancing and singing. A heart-warming, unstoppable week- exhausting and fun!!! SOAS University of London.

Open for booking.

June 2010

Monday 21 June, 7.30pm
Cantors Convention Concert  
Guest Cantor Asher Hainowitz, Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
Guest accompanist Raymond Goldstein, Great Synagogue, Jerusalem join with Cantor Moshe Haschel St John’s Wood Synagogue, London and Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler New West End Synagogue London and others including the finalists of the Tephilharmonic Young Cantors Competition
vote for your favourite.

Download a flyer.

Neimah Singers and the London Sephardi Choir
Donation to the scholarship fund - £15
students and under 18s - £10
includes interval refreshments Doors open 7:00pm

Book by phone JMI 020 8909 3535 (please have your card handy) or online at JMI Website www.jmi.org.uk pay securely by PayPal.

 

April 2010

Chamber Symphony by Franz Schreker
Wednesday 28 April 2010
City of London Sinfonia features a performance of the Chamber Symphony by Franz Schreker
a rare opportunity to hear this beautiful piece in one of London’s main concert venues
also Mozart’s Haffner Symphony and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
£32 - £10 CLS Fiver tickets available for under 25s – email [email protected] for details
020 7730 4500 | www.cadoganhall.com

March 2010

Sing Sephardic!
Monday 22 - Wednesday 24

Join Monica Acosta in four Sephardic song workshops and a concert exploring the Judeo Spanish world.

The workshops, for all who are intersted in Sephardi culture (no singing experience is necessary) will be relaxed and fun and will include some traditional Sephardic songs for the festival of Passover (Pesach) and beautiful joyful wedding songs. After the workshops, students will be invited to participate (if they wish) in an exciting concert by Monica and her musicians taking place at Lauderdale House (more details see www.jmi.org.uk nearer the time)

Workshops at: Schott Music Shop (1st floor)
Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F7BB

£30 for all 3 sessions (early bird discount if booked before Friday 8th January 2010)
£40 for all 3 sessions (for bookings after 8th January 2010)
£15 individual sessions (on the door)

Download the application from www.monicaacosta.com

Concert: Lauderdale House. Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, London, N6 5HG

£10 in advance from box office 020 8144 3421 or
monicaacosta[at]hotmail.com

£12 on the door

The London Myriad Ensemble
Thursday 25

The London based woodwind quintet won first prize in the 2nd International Israeli Music Competition 2009 held at the Royal College of Music in London. They will entertain with a varied programme of inspiring wind music which includes works by Israeli composer Tzvi Avni and Swiss composer Hugo Pfister.

Programme:
Franz Danzi, Hugo Pfister, Karl Nicklas Gustavssen, Tzvi Avni

Tickets are available at the door from 7 pm.
Booking by phone: 0044 207 836 1418 or
by email: [email protected]
Entrance: £10, concessions £6.
Series of 6 concerts: £40, concessions £24.

Please click on the link MUSIC AT 79 ENDELL STREET for further information.

February 2010

A Day of Yiddish Song in Cambridge
With HILDA BRONSTEIN
and accompanist Yair Schleider
Sunday 28 February 2010

Join us to learn some Yiddish songs, and explore the intriguing stories behind them. Complete beginners welcome.  For experienced performers/teachers of song: there is also a chance to work at a high level on interpretative and performance skills, using the vast and expressive repertoire of Yiddish folk, theatre and art song.
Song workshop: 10 am - 12 midday (£15/£10 concessions)
Masterclass: 2 pm - 4 pm (£25/£20 concessions)
Moving Tone, the Cambridge vocal music arts organisation, is delighted to present this day of workshops with one of Europe's leading interpreters of Yiddish song, in association with the Jewish Music Institute (SOAS) University of London.
West Road Recital Room, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Advance booking essential as spaces limited
01223-262519 or [email protected]

Merlin Sherherd Quartet:
26 February 2010

Legendary clarinetist Merlin Shepherd and his quartet will be playing at the famous SOAS World Music Concert Series. Catch him at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre. The concert is free - so come early to get a seat.

January 2010

Shir Hodu - CD launch of Jewish Song from Bombay of the '30s
14 January, 7.30pm

Room 116, Main Building SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Admission Free RSVP
[email protected]

Exciting new release!
Shir Hodu: Jewish Song from Bombay of the '30s

Producers Julian Futter and Dr Sara Manasseh invite you to the launch of an extraordinary, re-mastered compilation of long lost professional recordings of the Bene Israel and Baghdadian Jewish communities in India, (originally on the King, Hebrew and Jay Bharat Record labels).

Among the performers, all well-known in their communities, are Hazzanim (cantors, prayer leaders) and shofar (Ram’s horn) blowers, a meat shop owner, music school directors, and instrumental stars of the Indian cinema. This musical link with the past has been vividly brought to life by the memories and photos of the descendants, relatives and friends of the singers and instrumentalists, gathered from across the globe. The CD comes with a richly illustrated 24-page booklet that will serve as a valuable source for future researchers into Indian Jewish musical traditions. To purchase the CD and for further details, including track listing, click here.

In association with Jewish Music Institute

From Vienna to Weimar
27-30 January

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Artistic advisors / Erik Levi and Lloyd Moore
www.kingsplace.co.uk
‘From Vienna to Weimar’ features music from between the wars by no fewer than16 central European composers, many of who enjoyed great popularity in the early part of the 20th century.  It provides a more faithful and kaleidoscopic view of this period than any other series attempted in London so far, giving an insight into what was happening in Austro-German music before the Second World War.  This music has been attracting increasing attention worldwide.

Five concerts, eight films and a scintillating cabaret evening featuring Loré Lixenberg, known to many for her role in ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’, reveal an exciting and varied musical climate with composers ranging from Berg and Korngold to Weill and Zemlinsky.  The concerts will feature the outstanding Aurora Orchestra under its charismatic principal conductor Nicholas Collon, plus special guests the Artis Quartet from Vienna and baritone Christian Immler accompanied by Helmut Deutsch.
To see details of each concert and film click here
Supported by the JMI ICSM Spoli Fund and the Austrian Cultural Forum

November 2009

Tuesday 10 November
Spiro Ark 25-26 Enford St London, W1H 1DW 

Max Klezmer Band @ Spiro Ark presented by Spiro Ark in association with the Jewish Music Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute

Max Klezmer Band is a unique klezmer band from Krakow, Poland. They have experimented with klezmer music for the past 10 years, fusing various genres to create a rare musical experience. They have travelled around Europe and further shores to share their original and hypnotic musical voyage. Playing klezmer themes with african rhythms, Indian violin, Balkan influences, mixed with elements of jazz and improvisation, they take the listener to all corners of our world, and all from the streets of enchanting Kazimierz, Krakow.
£12 (£10 concessions)
Box Office: 020 7723 9991 or visit www.spiroark.org to book tickets.

Saturday 21 November 7.30pm
Still In the Mood: A Centenary Tribute to Joe Loss

Featuring Todd Miller with
The Joe Loss Orchestra
And Singing Stars
Guest Appearance, Dame Vera Lynn
Music of the big band era of the 50 and 60s through to the glam 90s
Cleves School Theatre
Oatlands Avenue
Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9TS
£25 /£12.50
Cheque payable to NWSS  to: Joe Loss Concert, Horvath Close, Rosslyn Park, Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9QZ
Tel: 08932 855400 (mornings only)

Picture of Jennifer Loss and Dame Vera Lynn

Monday 23rd November, 7.30pm
Lucie Skeaping and The Burning Bush
at the Wimbledon Festival

Exuberance, defiance, celebration and ribald wit all come together on the emotional rollercoaster ride that is a Burning Bush performance. Foot-tapping klezmer, songs of the ghetto, Hassidic melodies and haunting ballads of Medieval Spain - with an exotic array of instruments this multi-talented sextet, featuring the amazing voice of Lucie Skeaping and the breathtaking virtuosity of clarinetist Ben Harlan, presents music that’s impossible to resist whatever your background. An evening of colour, hope and joy.
‘Burning Bush offers the original World Music where Europe, Africa and the Orient freely mingle’ The Independent
‘An absolute joy - grace, passion and virtuosity’ Glasgow Herald  
Wimbledon Synagogue 1 Queensmere Rd SW 19, on
£15/ Students £5 (unreserved)
0871 230 0010 www.seetickets.com
(The Wimbledon Festival features a number of very fine Jewish musicians.  The world renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch, viola legend Rivka Golani, American virtuoso violinist Jack Glatzer, Krysia Osostowicz is the leader of the celebrated Dante Quartet and Harriet Walter, and Henry Goodman will be involved in a most intriguing dramatic evening, and there is much more...  full details on http://www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk/)

Sunday 29 November  
A World of Jewish Music
(3 events 12.00pm, 4.30pm and 8.30pm)
Purcell Room

Download flyer here

Download the programme here

12 noon
Prizewinners Concert

First-prize winners of three international competitions
Click here to read a review of the Prizewinners concert.
Róisín Walters (Ernest Bloch competition, London)

Matej Arendárik (EPTA Terezin works competition, Prague)

The London Myriad Ensemble (Israeli music competition, London)

perform:
Ernest Bloch, Nigun from Baal Shem Suite
Gideon Klein, Piano Sonata
Tzvi Avni, Wind Quintet
and chamber works by Sarasate, Mozart, Barber and others  
£13.50 £11

4.30pm
Benya Krik
Classic Silent Film with live music by Robin Harris

(USSR 1926 Dir. Vladimir Vilner 90 minutes PG certificate)  
Screening of Benya Krik, a 1926 classic silent film set in the seamy Jewish underworld of Odessa in the 20s, ‘Benya Krik has some of the most vividly characterised Jewish wedding scenes you will see on celluloid and the live soundtrack, deeply infused with klezmer, brings the story and its bittersweet humour to life’ Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine
Introduced by Yiddish film specialist Sylvia Paskin.
 £15 £12

8.30pm
Sophie Solomon

Virtuoso Sophie, the leading klezmer violinist of her generation,
returns to the South Bank with her incendiary live band, featuring Ian Watson on accordion, for a special concert sneak previewing tracks from Stop the Parade, the stunning follow-up album to her critically acclaimed debut Poison Sweet Madeira.  Get ready to conjure the spirit of circus sideshows, underground gypsy bars and train-rides across snow-swept Russian steppes.
8.30pm £20 £17

Series offer
Book best seats for all 3 events for a total of £35.00
Book 8pm concert and one other event £28.00
O871 663 2500
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Click here to view and/or print off a flyer.

 

September 2009

Sunday 6th September 2009
1.00pm – 6.00pm
Regent's Park Bandstand


A Free event open to all.

Comedian Dave Schneider introduces the UK's leading Klezmer bands all performing on one day.

Enjoy vibrant, contemporary music and Yiddish dance, stemming from Jewish villages of Eastern Europe in ages past.
www.klezmerinthepark.org.uk

presented by the Jewish Music Institute for Jewish Culture UK supported by the Mayor of London and the Shoresh Charitable Trust

 


August 2009

Sunday 2 – Friday 7 August
Ot Azoy! This is the way – to Speak, Read and Write Yiddish in a week!
JMI famous crash course in Yiddish language and culture for beginners to advanced students

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

Details and Registration www.jmi.org.uk 020 8909 2445  [email protected]   
Presented by the Jewish Music Institute

Monday 10 August
Jim Marcovitch – a Celebration
You are cordially invited to
an evening of Music and Dancing at KlezFest London
with She'Koyokh Klezmer Ensemble
And the launch of Jim’s Klezmer Fund
 

 

 

Free event
Monday 10 August 2009, 8.00pm – 10.30pm
SOAS, Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise London WC1X 9EW
Five minutes walk from Kings Cross Station

 


The map reference is:
http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=WC1X+9EW&countryCode=GB

Sunday 9 August
Klezmer Round the World
Performances by bands from Brazil, Czech Republic and elsewhere
7.30pm
Richmond Synagogue
Tickets: (tbc)
Presented by Jewish Music Institute and Richmond Synagogue

Sunday 9 – Friday 14 August
JMI KlezFest London
A week-long intensive, inspiring and fun-packed Summer School of traditional Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance for professionals and amateurs (grade 5 and above) of all ages and backgrounds. Workshops and masterclasses by some of the world’s best known teachers focus on the style, ornamentation, technique and repertoire – and learning by ear. Students can mix and match between playing, dancing and singing.  Performances led by students and professionals at SOAS, Kings Cross Station, the Jazz Café and local bars.  Free handbook by Ilana Cravitz /or free songbook.  A heart-warming, unstoppable, week - exhausting, fantastic and fun!!! 
Special discounts for both teachers and students to experience this exciting, poignant and exuberant music.

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

Details and Registration www.jmi.org.uk 020 8909 2445  [email protected]   

Presented by the Jewish Music Institute

Wednesday 12 August

Klezmer Klimax! Emma Johnson meets Frank London

Emma Johnson, internationally acclaimed classical soloist, brimming over with the joy of the clarinet, meets Frank London, klezmer’s iconic  New York Grammy Award winning trumpeter, of Klezmatics fame, and a host of  European and British klezmer luminaries including Christian Dawid (Clarinet) and Sanne Möricke (Accordion) from Berlin. These outstanding  exponents of this most joyful and poignant music will keep Emmas fingers flying and all of our toes tapping till we can't repress the urge to dance. 

Warm up bands inlcude Klezmer 4 from Brazil and Mamalör from Czech Republic
Part of JMI KlezFest London the weeklong summer course at SOAS University of London
www.jmi.org.uk
Doors open 7.00pm Bands on from 7.30.
Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town NW1 7PG
£15 Standing; Seated upstairs £15 + £16.50 towards dinner
www.jazzcafe.co.uk 0844 847 2514  / 0870 060 3777.

July 2009

Sunday 5 – Wednesday 8 July

4th European Cantors Convention
Special Guest Cantor Moshe Schulhoff, Florida
A four-day gathering for those involved in synagogue music to meet colleagues, compare notes, learn/ brush-up/ develop/ skills and learn new music guaranteed to enhance services
Central Synagogue, 40 Hallam Street, W1N 6NW
Tel 020 8909 2445 [email protected]  www.jmi.org.uk
Presented by the Jewish Music Institute, Tephilharmonic and Central Synagogue  
Fees and booking details
Website www.jmi.org.uk Tel 020 8909 2445  e-mail [email protected] 

Tuesday 7 July

Shir Chadash - new cantorial music by Geoffrey Shisler:  Book Launch and Concert 
Cantors from all over the world plus choir and children’s’ choir, accompanied and introduced by Stephen Glass will perform music from the first publication of synagogue music by a British composer for nearly 100 years.
‘deliciously uncomplicated melodies to familiar texts that everyone can sing’
New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place, W2 4JT
£12.50 students and children £10
020 8909 2445 [email protected]  www.jmi.org.uk
Presented by the Jewish Music Institute, New West End Synagogue  and Tephilharmonic   

Wednesday 15 July 7.30pm
Ernest Bloch: Wigmore Chamber Series 2009
Ernest Bloch Jubilee Chamber Concert
Jack Liebeck violin
Bengt Forsberg piano
Debussy (1862-1918)             Sonata in G minor (1917)
Bloch (1880-1959)                  Sonata no.1 (1920)
Bloch                                       Baal Shem Suite (1923)
Franck (1822-90)                    Sonata in A major (1886)
6.00pm Pre-concert talk by  Professor Brian Foster; ‘Eintein’s Fiddle’
7.30pm Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1 
£25, £22, £18, £12 series and group discounts
020 7935 2141   
Presented by the International Ernest Bloch Society and the Jewish Music Institute Supported by the Nordev Trust and the John S Cohen Foundation

Tuesday 7 July – Thursday 23 July
Yiddish Language and Culture Summer School
Taste Yiddish Language, film and song with Lily Kahn, Barry Davis and Vivi Lachs
Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT  
6.00pm – 9.00pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings 
www.morleycollege.ac.uk0207 928 4078
Presented by Morley College in association with the Jewish Music Institute

June 2009

Saturday 6 June
Organ Recital, Ian Hare
to include Ernest Bloch’s “Six Organ Preludes” (1949), 6.30pm
King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
Entrance free  www.ianhare.org.uk
Presented by Kings College Cambridge

May 2009

Sunday 31 May 3.00pm
Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead , NW3 1LT

The Leto Ensemble, Klio Blonz, flute, Shelley Levy, clarinet, with Malcolm Miller piano will be playing a very exciting and varied programme. It features a UK premiere of a trio by the Israeli composer Gabriel Iranyi, some rarely heard intermezzi for flute and piano by émigré composer Hans Gal alongside music by Saint-Saens, Debussy, Shostakovich, Joseph Horovitz and others. 

£10/ £8
07950917041 or 07855651080
[email protected] or [email protected]
presented in association with JMI

For a flyer, with full programme click here.

April 2009

Monday 20 April 7.30pm
Ernest Bloch: Wigmore Chamber Series 2009
Goldner Quartet
Piers Lane piano

March 2009

March 23,25,27, 28/ 2009 7:30p.m
Ernest Bloch: Macbeth – the Opera
The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street London, WC1H 0AH

 

February 2009

Thursday 12, February 2009 7.30pm
Ernest Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh /Sacred Service two performances
Roehampton University SW15 5PU

Saturday 14 February 8.00pm
Ernest Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh /Sacred Service two performances
Wimbledon Synagogue SW19 5QD

December 2008

Friday 19 December 2008 1.00pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square W1

Ernest Bloch: Violin and Piano Recital

Sunday 7 December
Voices in harmony
An evening of great Jewish, Cantorial, Choral and Broadway music featuring Chazan Gideon Zelermyer of Montreal and an all-male vocal ensenble from North America. Conducted and accompanied by Stephen Glass. Tickets £18 proceeds to the JMI/Barry Weinberg Fund for Jewish Music and the synagogue. (P)

November 2008

November 2008 - November 2009
Bloch International Festival 2009
Details about the Festival and links to the Festival Website

Bloch International Fesitval events 2009
Details about the various events taking place throughout the year

 

Sunday 30 November
British-Israeli Music Day on the South Bank
Purcell Room Queen Elizabeth Hall and foyer
Sunday 30 November 2008 11am - 10pm

A non stop programme, directed by JMI visiting composer from Israel - with four concerts and foyer events featuring works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Paul Ben-Haim, Michael Tippett, Tzvi Avni, Noam Sheriff, Alexander Goehr and young British and Israeli composers; and specially honoring Composer Tzvi Avni in his 82nd year.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November
Aleksander Tansman at St. John's Smith Square

September 2008

 

August 2008

KlezFest Summerschools
Summer schools take place from 10 August to 22nd August

KlezFest: Music Song and Dance: 10 - 15 August (West London Synagogue)
Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course: 17 - 22 August (SOAS)

Concerts and events:
11 August - Third Annual KlezFest Concert in Richmond

11 August - Ilana Cravitz's new Book Launch / Remembering Michael

12 August - KlezFest The Next Generation

13 August - Klezmer Klimax Concert

14 August - AndraLaMoussia and Moshe Berlin in Concert

 

For information on all the KlezFest courses

June 2008

Salute to Israel
Sunday 29 June 2008
Central London Parade 12pm + Trafalgar Square Concert 2pm
Manchester Parade 1pm + party in Heaton Park 2pm
More details...

 

Musical Magic from Israel
Wednesday 18 June
The Pigalle Club

Featuring two of Israel's finest singers based in London:

Avivit Caspi - "Ethnic melodies… 100% magic"
Avivit performed Hatikvah at Wembley Stadium for the England vs Israel football match in 2007 and with Zohar at Simcha on the Square 2007.

Hadar Manor - "A cross between Kate Bush and Bjork, but with a Middle Eastern Edge"
Hadar was recently crowned "Queen of the Underground" by Capital 95.8FM and The London Paper. She also performs on Oi Va Voi's latest album

See flyer for more details

 

CELEBRATE WITH SONG 2008
Sunday 1st June 2008: Workshops and voice-training
Sunday 15th June 2008: Workshops and Concert
Do you enjoy singing? Come and Sing 10 Centuries of Jewish Music Join The Zemel Choir for workshops and a concert at St John's, Smith Square.
Open to Intermediate and Experienced Choristers

Price £30 (to include entry to concert)
Price £25 if booked before April 30th
To register, or for further information, call 020 8236 0317 (evenings) or email [email protected]
Sponsored by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
And with the support of Spiro Ark and The Jewish Music Institute
For More Information click here:
http://www.the-zemel-choir.com/celebrate2008.htm

 

April 2008

9-13 April 2008
Exile Music Conference and Concert

Conference: Music, Oppression and Exile in the 20th Century
International Conference presented by the JMI International Centre for Suppressed Music SOAS and the Institute of Musical Research. University of London
Snate House, Malet Street , London WC1
Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 April 2008

Concerts and public lectures, presented by the
Artists of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto
Cadogan Hall, London SW3
Saturday 12, Sunday 13 April 2008

More detailed information & call for papers

March 2008

Sunday 9 and Monday 10 March 2008
A Wild Wind Weekend at Liverpool University
breaking down barriers between the classical and folk traditions
a two-day workshop culminating with:
Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, from New York
in concert with the Augmented Wind band of Liverpool University Klezmer tutor, Ros Hawley (Manchester) Conductor Laura Hancock
Monday 10 March, 7.30pm with Special Guests
Princes Road Synagogue
£12 /£6 book for the concert at 0151 708 4034
information from 0151 794 3266 [email protected]
More information


October 2007

Sunday 21 October 7.30pm
Bel Cantor – from the Synagogue to the Opera Stage

The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham Surrey


Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, of Chicago
Yehudi Menuhin School Chamber Orchestra

The 'Pavarotti of the Bimah' sings gems of the Ashkenazi and Sephardi liturgy as well as the Opera Houses of Europe, showing how the improvisational mellifluence of the cantor informs the music of the stage.

Tickets: £15
The Menuhin Hall T:08700 842020

Special JMI Friends Outing: Combine the concert with a delicious 2- course dinner at the Cedar House Hotel in nearby Cobham and a return coach drive from St Johns Wood.
Find out more

Download the Flyer

presented by Jmi and the Yehudi Menuhin School


Sunday 14 October 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Simcha on the Square

Link to Simcha on the Square Website

Trafalgar Square

A glittering celebration of Jewish Culture with top quality acts from the UK and abroad of toe-tapping klezmer, sonorous choirs, cutting edge world music ensembles and Sephardi melodies. Exhibits and stalls of Jewish life and creativity and plenty of Jewish food.

For more information, go to www.simcha.org.uk

For pictures from Simcha on the Square 2007 go to http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Ideas/Album/Simcha.htm

 

Free admission

Presented by JCUK – the Association of Jewish Culture Providers in association with the London Jewish Forum, Jewish Heritage Day and the Mayor of London

*Simcha’ is a Hebrew and Yiddish word meaning ‘joy’.  It also is the word for a party or celebration.


Starting Thursday 11 October
Jewish Song School at SOAS
SOAS - University of London

Thursday evenings 7– 9pm
Starting 11 October 2007

Taster Session and Sing-Along:
4 September, 7–9, £5

Director: Hilda Bronstein PhD, LRAM,ARCM
Tutors: Monica Acosta, Hilda Bronstein and Ruti Halvani
More information

Download the Flyer

 

Presented by JMI at SOAS


Starting Thursday 9 October
Jewish Song School at EDRS
Edgware and District Reform Synagogue

Tuesday evenings 7.30– 9.30pm
Starting 9 October 2007

Taster Session and Sing-Along:
4 September at SOAS, 7–9, £5

Director: Hilda Bronstein PhD, LRAM,ARCM
Tutors: Monica Acosta, Hilda Bronstein and Ruti Halvani
More information

Presented by JMI and EDRS

September 2007

Sunday 21 September
'Stolen Voices'

Imperial War Museum , Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Admission free 

World Premiere of JMI award winner Melanie Challenger's oratorio, based on book of children's' war diaries with music by one of the most eloquent and and original of Britain's young composers Tariq O'Regan

Performed by soloists and chamber group with the Choir of London to celebrate UN international Day of Peace.

(music will take place during the day)

T: +44 (0)20 7416 5320      


Tuesday 4 September
Jewish Song School Sing Along and Taster Session
SOAS - University of London

Director: Hilda Bronstein PhD, LRAM,ARCM
Tutors: Monica Acosta, Hilda Bronstein and Ruti Halvani
£5

This is a taster session for the Jewish Song School at SOAS (Thursday Evenings) and the Jewish Song School at EDRS (Tuesday Evenings), both starting in October.

For more information see here:
Jewish Song School at SOAS
Jewish Song School at EDRS

Presented by JMI at SOAS and EDRS

August 2007

Sunday 12 - Friday 24 August 2007

Three week-long JMI Yiddish and Klezmer Summer Schools

West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 6AT
and SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square , London WC1 0XG

KlezFest 12—17 August
Jewish Song Summer School 12—17 August
Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course 19 – 24 August

Find out more


Sunday 19 – Friday 24 August 2007
Ot Azoy
! Yiddish Crash Course

Daily 9.30am – 6.30pm

SOAS University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Nearest tubes: Euston, Euston Square and Russell Square

Whether a complete beginner or already an advanced Yiddish student, Ot Azoy! as well as being hugely enjoyable, will give you the tools to start and also to progress rapidly. Our specially chosen popular teachers including Peysakh Fiszman (USA), Sonia Pinkusowitz (Belgium) led by Khayele Beer (University College London) will help you learn, not only with superb language tuition, but also through Yiddish song, film, conversation classes and drama workshops.

Download registration form here

More information


Wednesday 15 August, 8.00pm
Klezmer Klimax! – The Ultimate klezmer concert
including a jam session 7.15

West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 6AT
Nearest tube Marble Arch

Famous international klezmer stars including clarinettist David Krakauer, ‘Socalled’ (Josh Dolgin), Joshua Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein, the Strauss Warschauer Duo, Grammy award wining trumpeter, Frank London and the new Merlin Shepherd Kapelye with members from the Former Soviet Union plus singers Shura Lipovsky and Lorin Sklamberg (USA) and others will thrill the audience with their brilliant interpretations of Eastern European Jewish music.

Tickest: £19-50. Concessions andgroups of 8 or more: £15

Ticketweb T: 08700 600 100  or online www.ticketweb.co.uk

Presented by Jewish Music Institute in association with West London Synagogue


Monday 13 August, 8.00pm
Klezmer @ Richmond

Klezmer from the former Soviet Union

Come and tap your feet to exciting Eastern European bands who are visitors to JMI KlezFest including Merlin Shepherd 's Kapelye, Adash Klezmer Ostrava from the Czech Republic, Moldovan Yiddish singer Efim Chorney accompanied by Susanna Ghergus from the Ukraine

Richmond Synagogue, Lichfield Gardens , Richmond TW9 1AP

Tickets: £10 from the synagogue office, T: 020 8940 3526  


Sunday 12 August 2007, 2.30 – 5.30pm
Klezmer Festival in
Hyde Park

Bring your granny, your children and your picnic and enjoy a Yiddishe celebration in Hyde Park . Hear Klezmer bands from all over the world. Bring your own instrument and join Grammy award–winning Frank London to learn a klezmer tune and play in the biggest klezmer band in London; join your voices in a chasidic Nigun and follow the dance leaders in the Shers and Bulgars (dances) of Jewish Eastern Europe. (near the Bandstand at Hyde Park Corner)

Free event
Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner


Sunday 12 – Friday 17 August 2007
JMI KlezFest
London

Daily 9.15am – 11.00pm

West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 6AT
Nearest tube: Marble Arch

Six days of intensive, inspirational ensemble and instrumental workshops, masterclasses and jams with luminaries of the Klezmer world. The course is suitable for amateur and professional players of any instruments and all ages (15 and above) and background both experienced Klezmorim and newcomers to Eastern European Jewish party music.

Fees, including meals: £310, Student rate £210

T: +44 (0) 20 8909 2445

Download registration form here

More information


Sunday 12 – Friday 17 August
Jewish Song Summer School

West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place , London , W1H 6AT, Nearest tube: Marble Arch

(Runs parallel and interacts with KlezFest)

Professional and 'just for leisure' vocalists will receive world class guidance on the repertoire, style, interpretation, pronunciation and accompaniment of the vast range of expressive Yiddish and other Jewish song. (See pages 8 & 9) 

Fees, including meals: £310, Student rate £210

T: +44 (0) 20 8909 2445 or

Download registration form here

More information


JMI @ EdinburghAugust 5-27 2007
OY Vey! JMI @ Edinburgh
C Venues Edinburgh


JMI presents a daily showcase of stories, songs, music, theatre and comedy, eliciting a song a laugh and a tear.

JMI comes to Edinburgh brings a host of talent to the C Venues, with an exciting programme to explore and celebrate Jewish culture from around the world, including new theatre, comedy, poetry, cabaret, klezmer and music theatre. This diverse group of performers will bring both laughs and sentiment to the Fringe, in a line-up specially curated and promising top-notch entertainment in over a dozen spectacular offerings.

More details and information here

The Edinburgh Fringe is one of the great arts festivals of the world and with JMI coming to town, 2007 is definitely the year to make a visit.

Ashkenazi Links

Klezmer and Yiddish Events

Yiddish and Klezmer Articles

What is Klezmer?

Klezmer Classes

What is Yiddish?

Learn Yiddish

The International Forum for Yiddish Culture (IFYC)

Publications

Other JMI Links

Jewish Music Performances

Jewish Music Courses

 

July 2007

29 July – 31 July 2007
International Bloch Conference

The Man and his Music for the 21st Century

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University

Distinguished scholars present papers on all aspects of this complex composer. Public are welcome.

Includes punting on the Cam and a visit to the Cairo Genizah Archive at the University Library.

T: +44 (0) 20 8909 2445 or download the registration from here

More information


Monday 2 July – Thursday 5 July 2007
Daily 10.30am – 5.30pm

Synagogue Music Summer School
for Progressive Traditions Shalosh Regalim

Director: Cantor Josée Wolff ( New York )
Leo Baeck College, The Sternberg Centre for Judaism
80 East End Road , Finchley, London , N3 2SY

A four-day intensive workshop for synagogue musicians
on the music of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.

Fees: Full rate: £210, student rate: £120

Presented by JMI in collaboration with Leo Baeck College

Download the registration from here

More information


Sunday 1 July 3.30 – 5.30pm
Sing London - Music Beyond Frontiers
Songs from the Arabic and Jewish Traditions 

Unitarian Chapel, Rosslyn Hill (Willoughby Road)
Hampstead, London NW3

Camille Maalawy , Egyptian mezzo soprano 
Hilda Bronstein, British, Yiddish singer

Camille Maalawy, Egyptian mezzo soprano and Hilda Bronstein, British, Yiddish singer represent JMI in the London-wide festival with a concert and sing-along of beautiful Arabic and Jewish songs in a plea for peace beyond walls.. Camille, accompanied on the oud, will sing and teach Arabic songs and improvisations, while Hilda will sing and teach songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino. There will be plenty of opportunity to join in.

Part of Sing London – a capital-wide festival of song.
All ages welcome.

Admission Free. Retiring collection.

T: 020 8909 2445   E: song[at]jmi.org.uk

Presented by the JMI Song School


Sunday 1 July 2007, 8pm
Kol Isha

The voices of women sing praise to the Almighty

For the first time in Britain, the beautiful voices of women will be heard singing Jewish psalms and prayers in a groundbreaking concert on Sunday 1 July.

Britain's first and newly ordained cantor, Jaclyn Chernett of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, Edgware is joined by Josée Wolff, the first woman from the European continent to be ordained Cantor at the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College, New York (where she now teaches). Two sopranos, Vivienne Bellos, Director of Music, North Western Reform Synagogue, Golders Green and Cathy Heller-Jones, Director of Music, Liberal Jewish Synagogue St John's Wood, who have been leading prayers in their synagogues through music for decades, feature in this concert, which also introduces Zoë Jacobs, a young British woman studying in America to become a cantor.   

Dr Alexander Knapp will accompany them on piano and organ. Having worked with cantors from all over the world, he says:  'This event is a landmark in proclaiming to all sections of the Jewish community and beyond that Kol Isha is spiritual communication through music'.

The concert at 8.00pm on Sunday 1 July takes place in the beautiful sanctuary of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood. There will be a pre-concert talk on the role of women's voices in religious Judaism throughout history by another woman playing an important role in Jewish music, Dr Abigail Wood, who is now the Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, SOAS, University of London. 

Patrons for this concert include Michael Grade CBE, Chairman of ITV, the Composer and OxfordUniversity lecturer Robert Saxton, Opera singer and voice teacher Teresa Cahill and  Dr Norman Solomon of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, OxfordUniversity. The Concert is also supported by the Women Rabbis' Group.

Pre-concert talk, £5

Concert, £19.50 – concessions and groups of 8 or more £15 (front rows reserved £25)

Ticketweb: 08700 600 100  or online www.ticketweb.co.uk

See online flyer...

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue,
St John's Wood Road, St John's Wood NW8
T: 020 8909 2445
e-mail jewishmusic [at] jmi.org.uk

Presented by the Jewish Music Institute in association with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood.

Ashkenazi Links

Klezmer and Yiddish Events

Yiddish and Klezmer Articles

What is Klezmer?

Klezmer Classes

What is Yiddish?

Learn Yiddish

The International Forum for Yiddish Culture (IFYC)

Publications

Other JMI Links

Jewish Music Performances

Jewish Music Courses

 

June 2007

Tuesday 26 June 7.30pm
Dalia Atlas conducts Bloch

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London , SW1H 9DQ

Hagai Shaham , violin
Dalia Atlas, conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Israeli conductor and Bloch specialist Dalia Atlas, conducts Bloch's large-scale, colourful and dramatic C sharp minor Symphony, brimming with passion and exotica, composed in the first years of the last century. Also in the programme, Schubert: Rosamunde Overture, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto.

(Dalia will be a speaker in the Bloch Conference in Cambridge, 29 July to 1 August 2007)

£35 - £10 Cadogan Hall 020 7730 4500


Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 June
Daily 9.30am – 9.30pm
Second European Cantors Convention


to be officially opened by the Chief Rabbi, SirJonathan Sacks

Central Synagogue, 40 Hallam Street, W1W 6NW
For practising and aspiring cantors. Guest participants include:

  • Asher Hainowitz, Jerusalem
  • Arie L Subar , Montreal
  • Moshe Haschel , London
  • Alexander Knapp , London
  • Course directed by Stephen Glass, Montreal and Hirsh Cashdan London

Fees: Full rate: £210, student rate: £120

+44 (0) 20 8909 2445 or download registration form here

More detailed information

Presented by JMI and Central Synagogue . Supported by Tephilharmonic – for those who love and wish to encourage synagogue music


Monday 18 June, 7.30pm
Chazanut - Back to the Future
7.30pm Central Synagogue
40 Hallam Street, W1N 6NW

A concert of international stars and emerging talent

  • Asher Hainowitz, Jerusalem
  • Arie L Subar, Montreal
    and from London:
  • Moshe Haschel
  • Steven Leas
  • Jonathan Murgraff
  • Eliot Alderman
  • Gedalya Alexander
  • Tzvi Lider
  • London Jewish Male Choir
  • Conductor, Michael Etherton

See the online flyer...

£19.50 concessions £15.00
T: 020 7580 1355 or book online: www.ticketweb.co.uk


10 and 17 June
Celebrate With Song

Sunday 10 June: Workshops, 10.00am to 5.45pm  
Sunday 17 June: Concert, 7.30pm

Join the Mixed Choir workshops for intermediate and experienced singers led by Benjamin Wolf, Geoffrey Simon and Mike Brewer MBE singing Jewish/Israeli/Folk Music, modern and traditional on Sunday 10 June at a central London venue to prepare for performance at St Johns Smith Square on Sunday 17 June.  

£30 (including concert ticket)

T: 020 8236 0317 (evenings), or
email to: celebratewithsong [at] hotmail.com

www.the-zemel-choir.com

Presented by The Zemel Choir in association with the BBC 'Play it Again' campaign, and the Jewish Music Institute

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May 2007

Sunday 27 May, 8.00pm
Klez in the City – A Hot Night in the Garden of Eden

The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, E1 6BG

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Klezmerpolitan nights in swinging London featuring the most innovative bands on both sides of the Atlantic

Kosmos: Fiery UK string trio perform Jewish, Gypsy and Balkan music with intoxicating passion, Meg Hamilton, Harriet MacKenzie, Laura Anstee

Geoff Berner (AKA the Whisky Rabbi) makes original klezmer music that’s drunk, dirty, political and passionate.

Tanz in Gartn Eydn: Fabian Schnedler with Berlin 's hottest klezmer dance band

Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street and Aldgate East

Tickets: £12 (£8 concession)

Reserve at Spitz T: 020 7932 9032 or book online www.wegottickets.com

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Yiddish and Klezmer Articles

What is Klezmer?

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March 2007

Sunday 25 March 2007, 7.30pm
In Harmony

Rivka Golani, Internationally-acclaimed Israeli violinist
Eldad Neumark, Piano. Malcolm Miller, Shofar.
Music by Brahms, Schubert, Kreisler and Partos
World Premiere of new work for Shofar, viola and piano by Malcolm Miller
The Great Hall, UniversityCollegeSchool
Frognal, Hampstead, NW3 
Tickets: £25 per person, Friends of JMI and Student concessions £15. Including Interval refreshments and programme.
Details and tickets Clive Richards: [email protected] or T: 8368-7782

Presented by New Horizons Committee with Jewish Music Institute, Forum for Israeli Music


Sunday 11 March 2007
12.30–10pm, Artsdepot
The Violin in Jewish Tradition
'Classical and Klezmer'


A day devoted to the violin in Jewish tradition.
Sophie Solomon, Dora Schwarzberg, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, Conducted by Malcolm Singer.

Includes a klezmer workshop for all instruments, a Hopkele – learning Eastern European line and circle dances to live Klezmer music and a pre-concert talk and round table discussion by several eminent violinists. The concert in the evening highlights two aspects of the violin in Jewish life – klezmer and classical.

Featuring works breaking down the barriers between classical and traditional music including the new Suite Concertante for Classical and Klezmer Violin and String Orchestra by Menachem Wiesenberg and the Suite on Jewish themes for young beginner violinists by Malcolm Singer.

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February 2007

22 February 2007, 1pm
Uncharted Waters

Music by 18th and 19th century British-Jewish composers together with Beethoven and Mendelssohn. A recital by Eliot Alderman, tenor, and Malcolm Miller, piano

Sternberg Centre
80 East End Road
Finchley, London N3
Entrance Free

More details and programme

Presented in association with the JMI Forum for Israeli Music


Monday 19 February, 7.30pm
Yiddish Ballads and Songs of the Heart

Helen Beer vocals with Israeli musicians Arik and Aviv Livnat.
A midwinter Yiddish concert to warm the soul. Includes new slightly jazzy settings of Itzik Manger ballads. This concert launches the new CD of Manger Ballads. To find out about the CD contact JMI.

Bloomsbury Theatre
£17.50 - £12.50
T: 020 7388 8822

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January 2007

Wednesday 31 January 2007 6.45 – for 7.30pm
Sacred Voices: Convergence and Contrast
Music of the three Abrahamic faiths

St Georges Chapel Windsor

Steven Leas and the Choir of London, conductor Michael Etherton
Choir of St Georges Windsor, conductor Timothy Byram-Wigfield
The Badakhshan Ensemble of singers and dancers from Central Asia
£20 central Nave and £12.50 slightly restricted view

To attend this superb concert please send a cheque made out to JMI for the number of tickets you want to JMI P O Box 232, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2NN or call Tel 020 8909 2445 with your cc number, Fax 020 8909 1030 or e-mail jewishmusic[at]jmi.org.uk


Sunday 28 January 2007, 7.30pm
A Yiddishe Winterreise

Mark Glanville bass baritone
Alexander Knapp
piano


Premiere of a specially devised programme of songs from the Yiddish repertoire to replicate the emotional and physical journey through a bleak landscape undertaken by the hero of Schubert's original cycle. The specific context is the Holocaust; the performer, a former badkhn (wedding singer), is first heard a capella, singing a traditional Yiddish wedding song off-stage. He is in flight from his shtetl which has recently been destroyed together with his family. In the course of the cycle he reflects on his life, loves, work and religion there. Central to the performance will be a rendition of 'Der Lindenbaum' one of the best-loved songs of the Schubertian original, translated into Yiddish. The cycle will end with a Kaddish sung in Ashkenazic pronunciation. This concert will emphasise a paradox -  the deep affection and respect so many Jews felt and still feel for the culture of the people who were ultimately to turn on them with such devastating consequences, a culture to which they have also made such an important contribution.
£15, concessions £12
T: 020 7580 1355
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Part of Jewish Music at Central Autumn /Spring Series Presented by JMI and Central Synagogue

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December 2006

Chanukah Hopkele
Sunday 17 December, Doors open 7.15pm, first dance 7.45pm
Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street, W1N 6NW
An exuberant Yiddisher Barn Dance for the ganse mishpocha (whole family). Renowned dance leader Sue Foy from Budapest will lead the party showing all the steps to these elegant Eastern European line and circle dances. Live klezmer dance band featuring star guests Merlin Shepherd, clarinet and Polina Shepherd, accordion will get you up and moving to the Hopkele House Band with Ilana Cravitz on fiddle and Julia Doyle on bass.
£15, concessions £12 (£5 Children under 16), includes a bagel and first drink (including wine)
Central Synagogue T: 020 7580 1355
Ilana T: 020 8985 3724

Part of Jewish Music at Central Autumn /Spring Series Presented by JMI and Central Synagogue in association with Hopkele Productions


The Music of the Prophets: The Return of the Jews to England
Concert: Siena Ensemble
Tuesday 12 December, 7.30pm
Ivy House, 94 - 96 North End Road, London, NW11 7SX
T: 020 8457 5014, Fax: 020 8457 5027
In Music of the Prophets, Michelene Wandor has created a new work evoking 17th century London. The music, drawn from the compositions of John Hingeston, state organist and private musician to Oliver Cromwell from 1654-1658, will be performed by Michelene Wandor, instruments and speaker, Jennie Cassidy, voice, Richard Boothby and Susanna Pell, viols.
£12

Presented by London Jewish Cultural Centre in association with the Jewish Music Institute.

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November 2006

Borsht to Blighty
Jewish Culture Day at the South Bank Centre
Sunday 26 November, 10.00am - 10.00pm
Six joyous events to celebrate 350 years of Jewish music in Britain.
Talk by Malcolm Miller and performances of specially chosen and devised classical , popular, Sephardi and Yiddish music representing the communities who settled in the UK, and specially featuring at 2.30 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall the Jewish Schools Choir Festival where ten schools show what it means to be Jewish in Britain today. The day concludes with 'Borsht to Blighty' a compendium of songs from the Yiddish theatre, via the East and West Ends to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley.
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, South Bank Centre
£27.50 - £8, Concessions £2.50 off each ticket when attending more than one event on the day.
T: 08703 800 400

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Presented by JMI in association with Central Synagogue


Eva Meier in Concert
Tuesday 14 November, 7.30pm
Ivy House, 94 - 96 North End Road, London, NW11 7SX
T: 020 8457 5014, Fax: 020 8457 5027
Eva Meier, Berlin cabaret style singer, performs music from Weil, Spoliansky and Brecht, conjuring up the heady days of pre-war Berlin . With accompanist Conor Linehan. £15

Presented by London Jewish Cultural Centre in association with the Jewish Music Institute.


The Zemel Choire Awakens 'Lost' Opera
Saturday 12 November, 7.30pm
The Zemel choir will perform choral excerpts from Samuel Alman’s 1911 opera, King Ahaz, a choral work that has not been performed in public since 1912! There will also be choruses from the Yiddish version of Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, recently created for a full-scale, off-Broadway performance. This concert follows Benjamin Wolf’s appointment as choirmaster at the synagogue, and includes a performance by a new male-voice quartet comprising young soloists Marc Finer, Eliot Alderman and Benjamin Seifert, joined by Benjamin Wolf. Finer, Alderman and Seifert are already well known to Jewish audiences as cantors and cantorial soloists. With music ranging from Yiddish opera to close-harmony, and including jazzy arrangements of Chanukah tunes, this promises to be a fun concert not to be missed.
Belsize Square Synagogue
51 Belsize Square , London NW3 4HX
£14 (concessions £12.50)
T. 020 8906 1318 or Email: zemelchoir [at] hotmail.com

Note: The Zemel Choir will be performing the King Ahaz and Pirates of Penzance excerpts again at the JMI /Central Jewish Culture Day at the South Bank Centre on Sunday 26 November to celebrate the 350th anniversary of British Jewish music.
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Cantor Joseph Malovany with the Shabbaton Choir
Saturday 11 November 2006, 7.30pm
New West End Synagogue, St Petersburg Place, Bayswater Road , London, W2 4JT
One of the most highly acclaimed cantors in the world in a rate performance with one of the foremost Jewish male choirs of London , perform selections of the finest choral and cantorial classics. £25
T: 020 8420 6886

Presented by Norwood in association with JMI

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October 2006

Music Appreciation Weekly sessions with guests Laoise Davidson (JMI), Hannah Rosenfelder, Clive Marks, Alan Bilgora and Max Easterman
Monday afternoons, 2 - 3.30pm October – December
Explore the diverse and extraordinary world of Jewish music, from traditional Sephardic ballads to klezmer and Yiddish music of the Ashkenazi tradition, from cantorial singing to contemporary Israeli, from the rap of Matisyahu to the irrepressible Oi Va Voi, from the western classical tradition to the composers and musicians banned under the Nazis.
Ivy House, 94 - 96 North End Road , London , NW11 7SX
T: 020 8457 5014 Fax: 020 8457 5027
£144 for 12 week term, £15 per session

Presented by London Jewish Cultural Centre in association with the Jewish Music Institute.


Festival of World Sacred Music, Brighton
Cantor Steven Leas and the Choir of London

Sunday 22 October, 7.30pm
St John's Church, Hove.
Conducted by Michael Etherton Feature highlights from the canon of Jewish liturgical settings for men's voices In a shared concert as part of this international Festival.
£12.00, £8 concessions
Dome Box Office T: 01273 709 709

Presented by the Brighton Early Music Festival in association with JMI


The Gift of Music
Monday 16 October
The Roundhouse celebrates the contribution of Jews to the world of music. It has some very high profile artists such as Michel LeGrand and Maria Friedman selected by Don Black and produced by Hugh Wooldridge. This is a fundraising event for the Jewish Music Institute with a high ticket price.
Enquiries to T: 020 8909 2445 or email jewishmusic [at] jmi.org.uk


Jewish Song School
Thursday 5 October
Taster session for amateur and professional singers - then course of 10 sessions Learn Sephardi, Yiddish and Hebrew songs with Monica Acosta, Hilda Bronstein and Ruti Halvani – then sign up for the song school where these experts guide you through the joys and sorrows of Jewish life as portrayed in song by poets and musicians over the centuries.
Autumn Term
: 12 October – 14 December 2006 (10 classes) £150, students £100
Spring Term
: 04 January – 8 March 2007 (10 classes) £150, students £100
T: 020 8909 2445 or register online
7– 9pm
Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street, W1N 6NW
More information

Presented by JMI and Central Synagogue


Klezmer classes at SOAS
Tuesday 3 October
Join Ilana Cravitz 's popular Klezmer classes at SOAS. Learn the style and ornamentation of Eastern European Jewish party music.
Tuesdays 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Autumn Term: 3 October – 12 December 2006, (10 classes) £150, students £100.
Spring Term: 9 January – 6 March 2007 (10 classes) £150, students £100.
T: 020 8909 2445
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street , Russell Square , London WC1H 0XG

Presented by JMI and SOAS Department of Music

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September 2006

Simcha on the Square
Sunday 17 September 2006, 1.00pm–7.00pm, Admission free

Click here to see photos of Simcha on the Square by UK Studentlife website

Click here for onstage times, performer information and presenters

Simcha on the Square will be a celebration of British, Jewish culture in Trafalgar Square on 17 September 2006 from 1.00pm to 7.00pm. It forms part of a year-long programme of events marking the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in Britain. London's residents and visitors of all backgrounds will be able to taste delicious Jewish food from borscht to blintzes from the City's top kosher eateries including Grodzinski's and Bevis Marks Restaurant; to view market stalls and exhibitions; to see a wide ranging stage show of music, song and dance and to witness the Shofar Moment at around 2pm – a mass blast on the ancient Shofar (Rams Horn) by adults and children from many communities across Britain.
'Simcha' is a Hebrew and Yiddish word for a party or a wedding - literally meaning ‘joy’.

Simcha on the Square has been developed by the Jewish Music Institute and other Jewish culture organisations, together with the Mayor's Office and with the support of the Mayor of London, as a positive and dynamic way to communicate appreciation of the Jewish community's contribution to London and to give greater visibility to Jewish music and culture and its value to London's diversity.

Click here to download the 'Simcha on the Square' poster

Dame Myra Hess – A Tribute
Wednesday 13 September, 1.00pm
The Barry Rooms, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
3 recitals by 16 internationally acclaimed pianists and chamber musicians in the presence of members of the Hess family to commemorate the internationally loved and admired pianist who initiated and organised 1,300 lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery during WWII.
Yonty Solomon
(pupil of Myra Hess) Bach Goldberg Variations 4.00pm Julius Drake, Alexei Grynyuk, Niel Immelman, Vanessa Latarche, Hamish Milne, Tanya Sarkissova, Haruko Seki, Kathron Sturrock, Seta Tanyel perform Schumann’s Carnaval as it was played at Dame Myra's concert for New Year’s Day 1940. Joined by Lilian Strange (pupil of Myra Hess) for several multi-pianist pieces. 6.00pm Piers Lane (pupil of Yonty Solomon) plays Chopin and Stephen Kovacevich (pupil of Myra Hess) Philippe Graffin violin AsdisValdimarsdottir viola Raphael Wallfisch cello play Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat
All introduced by Piers Lane who will interview writer and broadcaster, John Amis, often called upon to turn pages and stage manage Myra Hess concerts.
Concerts end with a recording of Myra Hess playing Jesu Joy of man's desiring

Free to the public: tickets to be collected in advance in person at the National Gallery

Presented by the National Gallery in association with Jewish Culture UK to celebrate 350 years of British Jewish Life.

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August 2006

Klez in the City. Klezmerpolitan nights in Swinging London
Wednesday 23 August, 8pm
The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, E1 6BG
Featuring the most innovative bands on both sides of the Atlantic Sway Machinery – ( USA ) an audacious descent into the depths of Jewish soul music. Calling upon the sounds of Malian guitars, Saharan beats, Afro-pop horns and the B-L-U-E-S, The Sway Machinery goes knocking at the gates of prayer with muscles swollen and eyes clenched. GhettoPlotz – ( UK ) dubbed by Kiss FM as 'The prodigy with violins' brings together an unlikely mixture of Klezmer, Jewish and Arabic sounds with House Beats – but it works!
£12, concessions £8
www.ticketweb.co.uk
T: 08700 600 100

Presented by Jewish Music Institute supported by the Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Song Summer School
Sunday 13 – Friday 18 August
10.30 Sunday and then 9.30am - 11.00pm Monday to Friday
West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 6AT
A journey through age old and contemporary songs in the main languages of the Jewish Diaspora – Yiddish and Ladino. For professional and amateur vocalists with repertoire, syle and pronunciation guidance from world-class leaders in these genres. Shura Lipovsky with Karsten Troyka,Polina Shepherd, Runs parallel with JMI KlezFest London with joint classes in dance, nigunim and vocal ensembles and joint evening programmes.
Full rate £285, Student rate £185.
Register online
T: 020 8909 2445 or email jewishmusic [at] jmi.org.uk
More information

Klez in the City. Klezmerpolitan nights in Swinging London
Wednesday 16 August, 8 pm
The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, E1 6BG
Featuring the most innovative bands on both sides of the Atlantic Klezmer Klimax! The Ultimate Klezmer Concert Featuring the diverse talents of the greatest luminaries of the klezmer world directed by Frank London (Klezmatics, Brass Allstars New York, USA), Christian Dawid and Sanne Moerike (Khupe Europe), Strauss / Warschauer Duo (New York USA), Merlin and Polina Shepherd (Sound and Light Duo, UK) and Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stu Brotman (Veretski Pass West Coast USA).
£15 concessions £12
www.ticketweb.co.uk
T: 08700 600 100

Presented by Jewish Music Institute supported by the Jewish Chronicle Presented by JMI SOAS University of London, supported by the Fenton Arts Trust Charitable Foundations and the Jewish Chronicle

Klezmer @ Richmond Synagogue
Monday 14 August, 8:00pm
Richmond Synagogue, Lichfield Gardens , Richmond TW9 1AP
Klezmer from the Former Soviet Union
Come and tap your feet to these exciting bands who have come to Klezfest direct from their homes in Eastern Europe. Nayekhovich i - from Russia, Adash Klezmer Ostrava - from the Czech Republic, Yiddish singer Alexandra Somish with her Moldovan accompanist, Susanna Gergus  - from the Ukraine.
£10 from the synagogue officeT: 020 8940 3526  

KlezFest Summer School
Sunday 13 – Friday 18 August
10.30 Sunday and then 9.30am-11.00pm Monday to Friday
West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place , London , W1H 6AT
Six days of intensive, inspirational instrumental, singing and dancing workshops and masterclasses on the repertoire, style and ornamentation of Eastern European Jewish music with luminaries of the Klezmer World. A new strand this year for professional Klezmorim with workshops on advanced presentation and marketing. Led by Frank London (of Klezmatics fame) with an all star international Klezmer faculty from Europe , the USA and the Former Soviet Union.
Full rate £285, Student rate £185
Register online
T: 020 8909 2445 or email jewishmusic[at]jmi.org.uk
More information

Presented by JMI SOAS University of London, supported by the Fenton Arts Trust Charitable Foundations and the Jewish Chronicle

KlezFest in the Park
Sunday 13 August, 2:00pm to 6.00pm
The Bandstand, Regents Park, nearest Tube Baker Street Free!
Klezmer erupts around the bandstand in Regent's Park on Sunday 13 August with Klezmer bands, singers and musicians from Norway, Cologne, Kishinev, Amsterdam as well as from the USA, the UK and the Former Soviet Union, all of them attending the JMI KlezFest week. A dance leader will teach and lead Yiddish dancing in the park for everyone old and young. Musicians should bring instruments to join the Klezmer Orchestra (regardless of previous Klezmer experience). Bring a picnic, lots of water and the whole Mishpocha! (family)
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presented by Jewish Music Institute and the Royal Parks, supported by the Jewish Chronicle

Klez in the City. Klezmerpolitan nights in Swinging London
Wednesday 8 August, 8pm
The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, E1 6BG
Featuring the most innovative bands on both sides of the Atlantic The Klezmer Alliance : London Kishinev Cologne
Weaving deep emotions, vibrating rhythms, haunting melodies and superb musicianship into a delicious Yiddish tapestry. Plus Lively Yiddish dances led by Andreas Schmitges.
£12, concessions £8
www.ticketweb.co.uk
T: 08700 600 100

Presented by Jewish Music Institute supported by the Jewish Chronicle

Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course
Sunday 6 – Friday 11 August
10.30 Sunday and then 9.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday
West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 6AT
“This is the way” for beginners, through to advanced students to learn Yiddish quickly and easily in a warm friendly atmosphere. International faculty lead intensive language tuition in the mornings. Afternoons include learning Yiddish through song, talks on Yiddish in Rumania , Yiddish Journeys, sessions on Yiddish dance to live klezmer music and Yiddish films. Heather Valencia, Peysakh Fiszman, Lily Kahn, Shura Lipovsky
Optional evening activities on some days.
Full rate £285, Student rate £185 Register online
T: 020 8909 2445 or email jewishmusic[at]jmi.org.uk
More information

Presented by JMI SOAS University of London supported by the Fenton Arts Trust Charitable Foundations and the Jewish Chronicle

Majer Marches On …
Sunday 6 August 2006, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 6AT
A concert of new Yiddish creativity in tribute to the dynamo of Yiddish life in London – Majer Bogdanski – who died earlier this year .
Efim Chorni, Judith Silver, Haike Beruriah Wiegand, Barry Davis and others as well as insights into Majer’s influence on those who knew and studied with him. There will be video footage of Majer performing his own Yiddish songs.
on the opening day of Ot Azoy! the JMI one week Yiddish crash course
Admission free, but reserve a place in advance T: 020 8909 2445 Fax 020 8909 1030 or mobile: 07971 818 262 email jewishmusic[at]jmi.org.uk

Arranged and presented by Majer's friends and admirers Chaim Neslen and Alex Knapp in association with the JMI Yiddish crash course Ot Azoy!

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June 2006

Jewish Youth Sings
Sunday 25 June, 1.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Hear over 100 teenagers and young adult groups, introduce modern Jewish songs and music for all.
£12 under 16s £6.00

Cantors in Concert II

Sunday 25 June, 8.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Selected cantors of international standing from the UK and abroad and the magnificent Choir of London, dip again into the treasure trove of Jewish prayer and song settings known and loved in Britain.
£25,  £20,  £15  and concessions. Special price for attending both concerts on this day £30,  £25, £20.
Conducted and accompanied by Stephen Glass internationally acclaimed choral and cantorial director of Montreal

South Bank Centre. Royal Festival Hall Box office T: 08703 800 400 or www.rfh.org.uk

A Barry Weinberg Memorial Concert celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in Britain. Part of the first European Cantors Convention. Presented by the Jewish Music Institute in collaboration with Central Synagogue. Supported by the Jewish Chronicle.


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May 2006

Dreamlives
7/8/14/15th May 2006, 8pm
Songs by contemporaries of Freud Julia Sporsén: soprano Sergey Rybin: piano Directed by Sebastian Harcombe
Dreamlives is a haunting Freudian narrative woven from lyrical, late romantic lieder, enhanced by an evocative Klimt-inspired staging that leaves an indelible memory. A young woman, arranging roses in a vase, pricks her finger on a thorn. Watching as a ruby droplet of blood blossoms on her skin she falls into a reverie of broken dreams, buried fantasies and deep desires… a programme to commemorate the 150 th anniversary of Freud’s birth.
‘Ravishing and seductive. The perfect initiation into the wild and wonderful world of lieder’ James Dreyfus (Radio 4). ‘Julia Sporsén is hugely impressive’ Neil Fisher (The Times)
www.liederkreis.co.uk in association with JMI
New End Theatre, New End, Hampstead, NW3
£15 Concessions £10
T: 0870 033 2733
Tube: Hampstead

Presented by Liederkreis – a new company dedicated to the dramatic exploration of classical Art Song – in association with the Jewish Music Institute, for the Hampstead and Highgate Festival

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March 2006

Ensemble Meitar
Monday 27 March 2006, 7pm
London debut at the Guildhall School of Music
Premieres of music by composers in Israel and from the St Petersburg Society of Jewish Folk Music with a World Premiere of the Piano Sonata No.2 by Yehezkel Braun, in the presence of the composer
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street , Barbican , EC2Y 8DT , Tube: Barbican, Moorgate
Read more about Ensemble Meitar

Presented by the Guildhall School supported by the JMI Forum for Israeli Music

Trio Meitar
Sunday 26 March, 3pm
A trio of players, including cello and violin, from the renowned Israeli Ensemble Meitar, present a programme of contemporary Israeli music.
Admission £5 (Museum Friends and students £4)
Institute Forum for Israeli Music www.jewishmuseum.org.uk
Jewish Museum, Camden Town , Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street , London NW1 7NB
020 7284 1997 admin [at] jmus.org.uk
Tube: Camden Town

Music at the Jewish Museum presented in association with the Cultural Department of the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Music

Melody in Time and Space
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road NW1
The Benny Sluchin Trio (trombone, piano and voice) play Fauré, Chopin and Jonathan Harvey’s: Melody in Time and Space Israeli-born trombonist, Benny Sluchin, based in Paris , is a prolific brass performer with the influential Ensemble Intercontemporain, directed by Pierre Boulez. He is also a mathematician-philosopher! Benny plays with award-winning pianist, Jeff Cohen, who currently teaches at the Paris Conservatoire.
‘Sunday Sounds at the Shaw’, Patron Dame Fanny Waterman
£15, concessions £10
T: 0870 033 2600

Presented by The Shaw Theatre and Sagi Hartov in association with LJCC and JMI

Klez in the City
Monday 20 March, 8.00pm
A klezmerpolitan night in swinging Londonfeaturing the most exciting klezmer bands this side of the Atlantic
Schikker wi Lot ( Berlin )
She’koyokh ( London )
Moishe’s Bagel ( Edinburgh )
In an occasional series of great music with Gypsy, Jewish and Balkan roots JMI presents three bands, with their own takes on the music that is gripping the world. ‘Shikker’ means ‘drunk – and Shikker’s intoxicating mix of slurry voice and tipsy accordion sets the scene for London’s own 8-piece trad outfit – She'koyokh (means ‘good on you mate’) – more often caught busking to delighted crowds at Columbia Market. The show is crowned by r ip-roaring, toe-tapping jazz-influenced Klezmer and Balkan music from Edinburgh festival-land. The Bagel and friends present an exhilarating, full-flavoured evening with breath-takingly intricate music played with jubilation. Enjoy!
The Spitz, 109 Commercial Street, E1 6BG
£12 (£8 concession)
0870 600 100. or www.ticketweb.co.uk

Presented by the Jewish Music Institute supported by the Jewish Chronicle

The Sephardic Song Book
Sunday 19 March, 7.30pm, Central Synagogue
Reception, Book Launch and Concert
We invite you to a reception and concert to launch 'The Sephardic Songbook' a new publication of 51 Sephardic Songs published by Edition Peters.
Dr Hilary Pomeroy will introduce the book and Monica Acosta, singer, born in Columbia and now living in London,
and her instrumentalists, will introduce and sing a selection of these beautiful songs (with Sephardi refreshments).
This event also commemorates the 350th anniversary of the
time that Sephardi Jews re-established communities in Britain under Oliver Cromwell in 1656.
There will be a Family Workshop of songs and stories for children 6 years and above accompanied by an adult on the same day (£15per family)
Wix Hall, Central Synagogue 36 Hallam Street London W1
Reception and concert £15 concessions £12.50
T: 020 7580 1355 (Central Synagogue)
(Monica will hold a singers workshop in the following weeks - call T: 020 8909 2445 for details)

Presented by Jewish Music Central a collaboration between Central Synagogue and the Jewish Music Institute, supported by the Jewish Chronicle

JMI Fridays. A series of illustrated lunchtime lectures at SOAS
10 February — 17 March 2006, 1.00 - 2.00pm
Room G50 main building SOAS Thornhaugh Street , Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Admission free
Read more

Presented by Jewish Music Institute and the Department of Music SOAS

South London Day Limmud: The Whole Megillah
Sunday, 12 March 2006
A festive all-day Purim extravaganza with lots of music. Limmud's unique blend of formal and informal education, offers 8 choices every hour in a day of learning and fun for adults and children, relating to the themes of Purim and culminating in a “Middle Eastern style” party with food, music and festivities.
The music elements include from
Oi Va Voi the 'Voi Duo' and Guests
Opera Singer Judith Sheridan presenting music banned by the Nazis
Raphael Gonley on Jewish Choral music
David Prager on cantorial music
Alison Pelikan 's group teaching middle-eastern drumming
Judith Silver and Jess Gold will be leading singing with adults and children.
Geraldine Auerbach MBE, Director of the Jewish Music Institute will be a panellist presenting the case for Jewish culture on the panel discussion ‘Where we've come from and where we're going?’
T: 020 8940 0583
southlondon [at] limmud.org
www.limmud.org/day

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February 2006

Klezmertise
Sunday 26 February, 6.30 – 9.30pm
She'koyokhKlezmer gets North London exposure
She'koyokh - London's leading
traditional klezmer band with guest Merlin Shepherd on Clarinet. Bring along all instruments for the Klezmer Jam. Light refreshments plus bagel and booze bar.
Plus a talk on New Jewish Music 'from Klezmer to klezmer punk' by Laoise Davidson (JMI).
EDRS, 118 Stonegrove, Edgware HA8 8AB 
£8 (£6 concessions)
T: 020 8958 9782

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January 2006

‘I wandered through Theresienstadt…
Thursday, 26 January 2006, 7.30pm
Wix Hall, Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street W1
A concert celebrating human creativity in adversity for Holocaust Memorial Day. Maya Kasir soprano, Sagi Hartov cello, Marc Verter piano and special guest Sarah Aaronson accordion.
After a short film ‘They never touched my bread’ - celebrating the meeting in Canterbury after 40 years of two musicians who performed together in the extraordinarily creative Terezin Concentration Camp outside Prague we present classical and cabaret music for voice, cello, accordion and piano, written and performed in the camp. Steven Leas with Central Synagogue choir conducted by Michael Etherton will sing the memorial prayer El Male Rahamim, that they performed in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Hall at Holocaust Memorial Day 2005 and which was broadcast on BBC TV.
£15 concessions £12.50 
Season ticket for 3 concerts at Wix Hall, Central Synagogue (21 December, 26 January, 19 March) £30 (save £15) 
T: 020 7580 1355 (Central Synagogue)

Presented by Jewish Music Central a collaboration between Central Synagogue and the Jewish Music Institute

Poulenc, Chopin and Kapustin
Sunday, 15 January 2006 , 7.30pm
Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road NW1
Sagi Hartov cello, Benjamin Frith piano, Yossi Arenheim flute Prize-winning British and Israeli artists play Poulenc, Chopin And Kapustin Sagi performs on a liftetime gift of a Macatel cello donated by a benefactor.
‘Sunday Sounds at the Shaw’, Patron Dame Fanny Waterman
£15, concessions £10
T: 0870 033 2600

Presented by The Shaw Theatre and Sagi Hartov In association with LJCC and JMI

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