JMI Summer Schools

JMI is dedicated to education and learning. Our world famous and hugely popular week long Summer Schools courses in Yiddish language, Yiddish song and Klezmer take place every August at SOAS.

Ot Azoy! 2024

Book here: https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/ot-azoy-2024-learn-yiddish

Discover JMI’s famous full immersion courses in Yiddish Language, Song and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds, where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write, sing and even dream in Yiddish in a week.

Ot Azoy Yiddish language classes are held at 4 levels, and is led by the international expert in Yiddish Dr Khayele Beer with a faculty of world class Yiddish tutors and experts. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, it also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures from a world of Yiddish past and present. Shura Lipovsky, Head of faculty for The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song.

The faculty this year are:

Khayele Beer, Sima Beeri, Simo Muir, Osian Sharma and Shura Lipovsky

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, at Russell Square in the heart of central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities.

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. We can offer our students a discount on housing with the University of London.

FEES:
Full rate £250 (£225 if booked before 1st June 2024)
Student / Senior rate £180 (£165 if booked before 1st June 2024)
Senior rate is set at 65+

Refund policy:
10% deducted if cancelled before 1 June.
25% deducted if cancelled before 1 July.
50% deducted  if cancelled after 1 August.

Daily timings:
Sunday 18th August: 11am-6pm
Monday 19th August: 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday 20th August: 9.30am-7pm
Wednesday 21st August: 9.30am-7pm
Thursday 22nd August: 9.30am-9pm
Friday 23rd August: 9.30am-5pm

Jewish Music Institute
Room 464
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG


Klezfezt 2024

Book here: https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/klezfest-2024/


Monday 19th August | 10:00 am – Friday 23rd August | 5:00 pm
Come join us for JMI’s world famous Klezfest!

Register early to get a discount – Susi Evans (Head of Faculty- Clarinet/Woodwind), Szilvia Csaranko (accordion/keys), Ilya Shneyveys (Drums/Bass), Jake Shulman-ment (Violin/Upper strings), Francesca Ter-berg (Cello/Tenor Lines) with Sarah Myerson leading the morning dance sessions,  more faculty details to follow.

This year we are taking the theme of ensembles and orchestras to a whole new level, with a faculty who have extensive experience, arranging, composing and conducting orchestras and large ensembles. This is about us playing together!

Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with an incredible team of teachers at the helm to inspire you to explore this celebratory, soulful and melodic music from nineteeth century Jewish Eastern Europe.

Go at your own pace, learn great tunes and gain knowledge of the modes, ornamentation, rhythms and accompaniment that give klezmer its unique flavour. Play in small ensembles, be part of the Klezfest Orchestra and learn tips and tricks on your instrument to play in a klezmer style. There will also be a faculty concert and plenty of opportunity for jamming in the evenings.

This is a course for everyone who plays an instrument and wants to go deeper into learning about klezmer style. We welcome people who are new to klezmer, but you will need a good grasp of your instrument in order to participate. The course will be taught by ear as well as using the dots and there will be opportunities to develop both of these skills. We aim to set a pace that is right for everybody, and will be able to work in smaller groups for instrument-specific tuition and ensemble playing.

*Scholarships are available – please email jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk for more information.

FEES:
Full rate £250
(£225 if booked before 1st June 2024)
Student / Senior rate £175 (£160 if booked before 1st June 2024)
Senior rate is set at 65+

Refund policy:
10% deducted if cancelled before 1 June
25% deducted if cancelled before 1 July.
50% deducted  if cancelled after 1 August.

Jewish Music Institute
Room 536
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG

£160.00 – £250.00

 

 


Golden Peacock 2024

Book here: https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/golden-peacock-24-sing-yiddish/

Sunday 18th August | 10:00 am – Friday 23rd August | 6:00 pm

The Golden Peacock The Yiddish Song course is led by Shura Lipovsky, artistic director of Golden Peacock, singer and writer of new Yiddish songs with esteemed colleague, Zalmen Mlotek, Polina Shepherd and Rachel Weston.

It is designed for all singers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich Yiddish song repertoire.

You will spend the morning studying music theory, repertoire, roots and traditions of Yiddish Song, modes and melodies. While afternoons will focus on studying further repertoire, master-classes and a Yiddish Choir. You will be amazed at how much you will be learning, singing and performing Yiddish song 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 Song for a whole week 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’s, USA’s 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 programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, at the Russell Square Campus in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities.

Every morning will begin with a communal dancing sessions with both Klezfest and Golden Peacock students together, followed by a Nigunim session.

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 £250 (£225 if booked before 1st June 2024)
Student / Senior rate £180 (£165 if booked before 1st June 2024)
Senior rate is set at 65+

Refund policy:
10% deducted if cancelled before 1 June
25% deducted if cancelled before 1 July.
50% deducted  if cancelled after 1 August.

Jewish Music Institute
Room 464
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG

£165.00 – £250.00

 


Klezmer Youth Summer School

Tuesday 20th August | 10:00 am Thursday 22nd August | 3:30 pm

Klezmer Youth at Klezfest 2024

Klezmer Youth at Klezfest 2024 is an opportunity for young people aged 8-18 to learn some great klezmer tunes and traditional techniques in a relaxed environment with experienced teachers Ilana Cravitz (violin) and John Macnaughton (clarinet, sax). 

Students will learn klezmer tunes from the NKYO (National Klezmer Youth Orkester) repertoire, develop accompaniments, work together on arrangements, and discuss performance skills. The course will be taught mainly by ear in a very accessible way, and written music will also be used.

The course is suitable for students of all instruments (melody instruments should be chromatic) playing at grade 4 or equivalent and upwards.

Ilana Cravitz

Ilana Cravitz performs and teaches klezmer music and dance around the world. A former director of Klezfest and other international klezmer festivals, as well as a regular faculty member at all sorts of folk, classical and world music events & workshops, Ilana is now establishing the National Klezmer Youth Orkester (NKYO) to provide common repertoire and year-round klezmer opportunities for young people. www.ilanacravitz.com

John Macnaughton

John Macnaughton is a saxophonist and clarinettist specializing in the folk/world music scene. Over his career John has played with many leading ensembles and musicians, in a variety of traditions. He co-founded award-winning klezmer ensemble ‘Oysland‘ (World Music Network, Battle of the Bands, 2017), plays traditional Bulgarian/Macedonian music with ‘Raka Balkan Band‘, and directed the SOAS klezmer band from 2015-2019. Current projects include Loshn Klezmer Band; featuring Anna Lowenstein (Fidl), Susi Evans (Accordion), and Janos Kallai (Cimbalom), and helping Ilana Cravitz run the National Klezmer Youth Orkester (NKYO).

3 days mandatory per student.
£75 early booking price before 1 June
£80 after 1 June