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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.


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% if cancelled before 1 June.
25% if cancelled before 1 July.
50% 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 

£165.00 – £225.00

Shura Lipovsky - Head of Faculty

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, 2012 and 2017 she was a member of the jury for the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam.

Zalmen Mlotek

Zalmen Mlotek is an American conductor, pianist, musical arranger, accompanist, composer, and the Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (nytf.org ), the longest continuous running Yiddish theatre in the world. He is an internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music and a leading figure in the Jewish theatre and concert worlds.  His vision as the Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene brought the award-winning and critically acclaimed Fidler Afn Dakh (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish), directed by Joel Grey, to New York, for which he served as musical director and conductor. He is the co-creator of Those Were The Days, the first bilingual musical on Broadway, nominated for two Tony awards as well as the Drama Desk nominated On Second Avenue, and the Drama Desk nominated The Golden Land, which toured under the sponsorship of Leonard Bernstein, one of Mlotek’s most notable mentors. Mlotek’s devotion to restoring Yiddish vibrancy launched classics including the world premiere of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Yentl in Yiddish, the Yiddish version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance Di Yam Gazlonim, and the 1923 Rumshinsky operetta, The Golden Bride. Mlotek helped revive Yiddish classics, instituted bi-lingual simultaneous English and Russian supertitles at all performances and brought leading creative artists of television, theatre and film, such as Itzhak Perlman, Mandy Patinkin, Sheldon Harnick, Theo Bikel, Ron Rifkin, and Joel Grey, to the Yiddish stage. Mlotek is a sought after collaborator for many recordings, arrangements and projects in concert, television and film, including consulting for PBS’ The Thomashefskys by Michael Tilkson-Thomas His recent musical, Amid Falling Walls (Tsvishn Falndike Vent), was a collaboration with his son Avram, featuring songs created in the ghetto camps and cabarets of World War II, many from his mother’s collection, We Are Here, the first ever English translated collection of Yiddish Holocaust songs.  

Polina Shepherd

Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Russia) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Russia′s first klezmer band after Perestroika, Simkha and toured in dark Soviet theatres, to Boris Yeltsin and to the World in 1998-2002.

She is one of the first generation of musicians of the Yiddish revival scene in Eastern Europe: acting as a programme director, educator and performer she has been involved in festivals, conferences and seminars globally.

Now living in Britain, Polina leads four choirs and continues to tour internationally as a Yiddish and Russian singer. Her compositions, including music for theatre, large and small scale choir pieces and other vocal settings for Yiddish poems are performed by soloists and choirs all over the world.

Rachel Weston

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Weston is a singer, song-collector and cantor in training at Hebrew Union College. She researches and performs various strands of Jewish folk repertoire and is interested in Yiddish folk music as a reflection of human experience, particularly the movement and migration of Ashkenazi Jews. Within the UK she has coordinated and taught Yiddish song and Niggunim workshop programmes for the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS, Kleznorth, and WOMAD festival, and the London Yiddish choir.


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Golden Peacock 24 (Full price – Early)
£ 225.00
Golden Peacock 24 (Student / Senior) Early
Students & Senior 65+
£ 165.00