Do you enjoy singing in choirs? Do you want to improve your singing technique? Would you like to sing your favourite Jewish melodies in harmony? Do you want to expand your knowledge of Jewish music? Are you bored of singing Requiems and ready to try something a little bit more…Jewish? In February 2015 the Zemel Choir will be coming to JW3, and they will be giving you the opportunity to do all of these things. Come and participate in workshops and a concert at London’s most happening Jewish venue, and encounter the world of Jewish choral music for yourself.
Celebrate with Song is an annual event which first took place in 2007. At its heart is the desire to open up the world of Jewish choral music to amateur singers. Everyone is welcome, though people with some choral experience will find the event easier than those who are coming to choral music for the first time. In previous years, the Zemel Choir has introduced its guests to show tunes, Sephardi music, and music from America and Israel. This year the event will focus on the history of Jewish choral music, and in particular on some of the composers whose music has become well-known in Great Britain. Come and find out more about the melodies that you have heard both in synagogue and at home, and learn how to express yourself through Jewish music.
The Zemel Choir is the UK’s leading mixed-voice Jewish choir, and has a strong reputation both here and abroad. Its most recent tours have included trips to Israel and America, while the choir has just returned from a high-profile interfaith festival in Strasbourg. The choir created the European Jewish Choral Festival in 2012, while they have recently performed for the Mayor of London and for a special interfaith event at Westminster Abbey. Founded in 1955, 2015 marks the Zemel Choir’s 60th anniversary year, and this incarnation of Celebrate with Song is one of a number of events that will make this celebratory year special.
Initial workshops take place on February 8th 2015, while further workshops and a final concert take place on February 22nd. Workshops will be conducted by the Zemel Choir’s musical director, Benjamin Wolf, assisted by special guests.