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Golden Peacock 2016


Sunday 7th August 2016 | 9:30 am
Friday 12th August 2016 | 8:00 pm
£135 – £250


Vernon Square, Penton Rise, Kings Cross
London, WC1X 9EW United Kingdom
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020 7898 4307

Who's Attending

11 people are attending Golden Peacock 2016

  • Phil Lawrence
  • Evelyne Morin
  • Sharon Malyan
  • Emma Pelkiewicz
  • Nelly Uzan
  • Ella Visser
  • Clare Shinebourne


The Golden Peacock  The Yiddish Song course led by internationally acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky with esteemed colleagues Lorin Sklamberg, Karsten Troyke, Rachel Weston and Joseph Finlay. It is designed for all singers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich Yiddish song repertoire.

Mornings are spent studying repertoire, roots and traditions of Yiddish Song. While afternoons will focus on studying further repertoire, master-classes, Yiddish Language for singers 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 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 song school this year has been especially developed to run-throughout the day for 8 hours, focusing solely on Yiddish Song.  Sessions for the week will feature all the song school elements as stated above but will also include Yiddish for singers, Film and lectures and plenty of timetabled social engagements so that you can get to know your fellow students better.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, on the doorstep of King’s Cross in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities including a special guided walk through London’s historical Jewish East End?
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JMI team for extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.

Full rate £250
Discount rate £235 (if paid in full by 1 May)
Returnee full-price students get an additional £15 off making the early bird returnee discounted price £220.

Student / Senior rate £150
Discount Student / Senior rate £135 (if paid in full by 1 May)
No returnee discount his available at the student/senior rate

Senior rate is set at 65+

Shura Lipovsky (Amsterdam)

Shura Lipovsky (Director of the Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School) was born in The Hague (Netherlands) and is a highly valued performer of Yiddish song. A writer and composer of new Yiddish songs, she appears as a singer and storyteller in Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Russia, the United States and Canada. She has produced several cd’s, ‘Moments of Jewish Life’, ‘Heroes and Poets’ and ‘Tsart’ with her new CD ‘Vaytinke’ having been released in December 2013. She was featured in Dutch, Belgian, American and Canadian documentaries (‘Jiddisj is mijn instrument’, ‘Terpe Kind Mains, Terpe’, ‘Yiddish Soul’, ‘Journey 4 Artists’, ‘Wandering Muse’). In 2008 and 2012 she was a member of the jury for the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam.

Karsten Troyke

Karsten Troyke (Berlin)

Karsten Troyke, born on 14 August 1960 in East-Berlin, GDR, is a Yiddish singer, speaker, actor and song-writer. As an ambassador of Yiddish song art he has travelled the world since 1990. His father, a manager for jazz music, had started performing a “Jewish evening” in the 1960’s, presenting Yiddish literature translated into German and Yiddish songs played from records. Later Troyke joined this performance, replacing the records with himself singing Yiddish folksongs. He works on radio plays, as well as voice for advertising and synchronisation and acted in very varying stage plays. Performing on stage since 1982, he studied singing as well as drama and speaking during the 80’s. Also in the 80’s he started research and collecting almost lost Yiddish songs. His recent releases are two CDs “Tango oyf Yiddish.”He also has an added focus on cabaret, theatre and Yiddish pop music, which is delivered with his distinct ‘ancient style’. He brings many of the remembered songs of his mentor Sara Bialas-Tenenberg. Sara is a shoa survivor, who lost everything during her childhood, the whole family and home, but remembers songs from every station of her life: Czestochowa (Poland), concentration camp, DP-camp, Paris and Israel. Troyke, one of the last singers in Polish-Yiddish dialect, will bring some rare pieces of tango, folklore and theatre songs to teach to this year’s song school. This year he has been selected to be featured as one of the nominees in the prestigious Songlines Music Awards 2014.International guest faculty.

Lorin Sklamberg

Lorin Sklamberg (New York)

Lorin Sklamberg is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Yiddish-American roots band the Klezmatics. He has been heard on innumerable recordings and live shows, solo and in collaboration with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman, Jane Siberry, Theodore Bikel, Chava Alberstein, Ehud Banai, Yoni Rechter, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Grammer, Neil Sedaka, Natalie Merchant and Tony Kushner. He has composed and performed for film, dance, stage and circus, and has produced a number of recordings of world and theater music. He also teaches Yiddish song from São Paulo, London, Paris and Weimar to Kiev and St. Petersburg. His and Frank London’s programs of Hasidic “spirituals” have resulted in three critically-acclaimed compact discs. Ongoing collaborations include Saints and Tzadiks, a concert and cd combining Yiddish and Irish songs created together with Dublin-born chanteuse Susan McKeown. Recent projects: contemporary klezmer pioneer Alan Bern’s Semer Label Reloaded, a celebration of Jewish recordings made in Berlin 1933-38, the award-winning Yiddish-Bavarian collaboration Alpen Klezmer with Andrea Pancur and Ilya Shneyveys, Sklamberg and the Shepherds, a joyous vocal/instrumental collaboration with Merlin and Polina Shepherd, and composer Jocelyn Pook’s Drawing Life, a multi-media song cycle commissioned by JMI. By day Lorin serves as the Sound Archivist of New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. “One of the premier American singers in any genre.” – Robert Christgau, All Things Considered, National Public Radio.

Rachel Weston

Rachel Weston

Rachel is a singer and song-collector who researches, performs and teaches various strands of Jewish vocal repertoire. North-American performances include: JCC Manhattan, Barbes (Brooklyn), Sholom Aleichem Yiddish Cultural Center (the Bronx), Montreal Jewish Music Festival and the Toronto Ashkenaz Festival (with SoCalled). Her past performances at Yiddish music festival ‘KlezKanada’ include ‘Lillith the Night Demon’, a contemporary Yiddish opera based on the Jewish legend of Lilltih (composed by Veretski Pass) ‘Ellstein on the beach,’ a Yiddish folk opera tackling issues of climate change, (built around the music of Phillip Glass) and ‘Frauenstimmen: Women’s Voices from Ravensbruck,’ a cabaret based on the lives of women from the only all-female concentration camp. UK performances include: JW3, the LJCC, Cable Street Studios, Rich Mix, at simchas, wakes, and other life cycle events. She has co-ordinated and taught Yiddish song and Niggunim workshop programmes for the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS, Kleznorth, and WOMAD festival, and facilitates two Yiddish choirs in London. Rachel is also a community workshop facilitator and works with Jewish Care and the Alzheimer’s Society to provide song-leading and music therapy sessions for people with dementia and their carers.

Joseph Finlay

Joseph Finlay is a composer, musical director and pianist, trained at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is musical director of Hendon Reform Synagogue and the London Jewish Male Choir, and has previously directed choirs at Central Synagogue,  New North London Synagogue and New London Synagogue. He has composed a substantial body of Jewish music, both liturgical, secular, vocal and instrumental. He regularly performs Jewish music, particularly with Yiddish singer Rachel Weston, and together they form half of the accapella quartet the Barberschlepps. Joseph is a keen Yiddishist, having studied at Ot Azoy, Yiddish Farm and with Vivi Lachs and Barry Davis and has arranged many Yiddish pieces for choirs and ensembles. He is also writes musical theatre and is a member of the Book Music and Lyrics advanced workshop for composers, lyricists and book writers. In 2015  he won the prestigious Stiles and Drewe Best song award, and his musical This Is Also England was recently showcased at the Page to Stage and BEAM festivals.

Download Booking Form

Download Golden Peacock Booking Form 2016

If you would like to apply by post as opposed to online then please download the form and send back with a cheque to:

Jewish Music Institute
Room 536
The School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG

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