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Golden Peacock 2018


Sunday 19th August 2018 | 9:30 am
Friday 24th August 2018 | 5:00 pm
£150 – £250


SOAS, Main Building, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,
London, WC1H 0XG
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NOTE to registered applicants: The first day Sunday 19th is a welcome day. This is for all the other schools combined. Yiddish, Yiddish Song and Klezmer. You are welcome to come and meet the students from the other schools but your formal teaching day starts on Monday 20th August.)

Registration: You must register on Sunday 19th August at SOAS Main building. WC1H 0XG

Please register between 11.30am and 12.30pm


Learn to sing Yiddish song at Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School in the heart of London at SOAS this Summer 2018.

The Golden Peacock The Yiddish Song course led by internationally acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky with esteemed colleagues from around the world. 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.
  • 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 2018)
Student / Senior rate £175 (£150 if booked before 1st June 2018)
Senior rate is set at 65+

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

Daily timings:
Sunday 19th August: Registration from 11.30am-12.30pm. Everything starts in the lecture theatre from 1pm-6pm
Monday 20th August: 9.30am-8pm
Tuesday 21st August: 9.30am-8pm
Wednesday 22nd August: 9.30am-8pm
Thursday 23rd August: 9.30am-10pm
Friday 24th August: 9.30am-5pm

Shura Lipovsky - Head of Song School Faculty (Netherlands)

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.

Lorin Sklamberg

Lorin Sklamberg - USA

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.

Polina Shepherd - (Russia/UK)

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.

Joseph Finlay (UK)

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.

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Golden Peacock

Shura Lipovsky discusses the Masterclasses in the Yiddish Song School

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