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Golden Peacock 2021


Sunday 22nd August
Friday 27th August
£150 – £250


SOAS, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square,
London, WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
0207 898 4307


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Golden Peacock 2021 Adult Early Bird
Golden Peacock 2021 Adult Early Bird - £225
£ 225.00
Golden Peacock 2021 Student/Senior Ticket Early Bird
Golden Peacock 2021 Student/Senior Ticket Early Bird
£ 150.00

Learn to sing Yiddish song at Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School in the heart of London at SOAS this Summer 2021.

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.
  • Scholarships: If you are a current student and would like a scholarship to support your application fees we are able to offer you a reduction in exchange for your voluntary assistance to the JMI team during the week. The commitment will be based around your studies to ensure that you do not miss any classes and learning.
  • Accommodation: JMI have secured very favourable accommodation rates exclusively for our Summer School students adjacent to the Summer School Campus. Please use the contact us link below .
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact 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.

Full rate £250 (£225 if booked before 1st June 2021)
Student / Senior rate £175 (£150 if booked before 1st June 2021)
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 22nd August: Registration from 11.30am-12.30pm. Everything starts in the lecture theatre from 1pm-6pm
Sunday 22nd August: 11am-8pm
Monday 23rd August: 9.30am-8pm
Tuesday 24th August: 9.30am-8pm
Wednesday 25th August: 9.30am-8pm
Thursday 26th August: 9.30am-10pm
Friday 27th August: 9.30am-5pm

Shura Lipovsky - Head of 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.

Sveta Kundish

Sveta Kundish was born in the Ukraine in 1982, and began studying music at the age of seven. After settling with her family in Israel in 1995, she continued her music studies in the Ironi (Municipal) Arts High School in Tel Aviv, concentrating on voice and piano.

After her graduation Kundish began intensive voice studies with Ella Akritova, an important singer and former professor in the Kiev Conservatory. In 2001, she started studying Yiddish song in the master class of the legendary Soviet-era Yiddish singer Nechama Lifshitz. From 1998 till 2005 Sveta also performed as an actress at the Mosaic Theater, led by the directors Igor and Ludmila Mushkatin.

In 2007, Kundish received a B.A. in Musicology from Tel Aviv University. 

That same year she was invited by Prof. Yuri Kokozey to study voice at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, from which she graduated in 2011. While studying in Vienna, in 2008, she won 1st Prize at the international vocal competition The Golden Chanukkia in Berlin.

In 2012 Kundish began studies at the Cantorial Department of the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Berlin, graduating in 2017.  Since March 2017 she has been employed as a cantor in the Jewish Community of Brauschweig, making her the first female cantor in the history of the Jewish Communities of Lower Saxony.

As a soloist, Sveta Kundish performs a wide variety of Jewish music throughout Europe. She performs regularly with Patrick Farrell, Alan Bern, Voices of Ashkenaz, the Trickster Orchestra and Regalim Kapelye among other renowned ensembles.

Kundish is a frequent Artist-in-Residence and teacher at Yiddish Summer Weimar Festival, and has performed and taught at many festivals around Europe as well, such as Shtetl Neukölln, Klezmore Vienna, Klezmer Welten, LvivKlezFest, Yiddish Seminar of the Sveriges Jiddischforbund in Lidingö, Bonner Klezmer Tagen, Yiddish Berlin, and others.

In April 2018 she performed at the Elb Philharmonie in Hamburg as part of Frank London’s Ghetto Songs project. 

In 2018 Sveta Kundish performed onscreen the role of the singer Rushka, in the upcoming Hollywood film production “Harry Haft”, by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson.

Photo credit: Maria Rodigina

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.

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.

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