JMI Online: Malcolm Singer Lecture. Yehudi Menuhin – Jewish Musician?
Yehudi Menuhin – Jewish Musician?
The great violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, was born just over 100 years ago. Something of a wunderkind, he matured not just into one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century, but into a leading figure on the world-stage, with the ear of prime ministers, presidents and royalty across the globe.
Malcolm Singer explores Menuhin’s attitude to the religion of his birth and assesses his life and music-making in relation to his spiritual values.
Composer and conductor, Malcolm Singer, was Director of Music at The Yehudi Menuhin School from 1998 – 2016. Before that he was Musical Director of the Zemel Choir. He also teaches Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has written a great deal of music – both sacred and secular. His work ‘A Hopeful Place’ was conducted in the Royal Albert Hall by Yehudi Menuhin in 1996, and his ‘Elegy’ for solo violin was written for Menuhin’s funeral. Malcolm first taught at the Menuhin School forty years ago, and worked closely with Menuhin in the great man’s later years.