Copyright & copy; All rights reserved 2014, Zemel Choir is a Registered Charity No. 252572/ACL. Patrons: Steven Isserlis CBE, Jeremy Menuhin, Malcolm Singer.
The Zemel Choir, established by Dudley Cohen in 1955, is proud of its international reputation as one of the world's finest mixed-voice Jewish choirs. Our wide-ranging repertoire embraces all the traditional Jewish cultures, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Yiddish and Israeli. We regularly perform in major venues throughout the U.K. and overseas, and, besides singing well-known favourites, are particularly proud to present new music, often specially commissioned, from contemporary composers.
Recent highlights include a performance at Westminster Abbey's ‘Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht ‘(2013), our first International Jewish Choral Festival (2012) and two performances for the Mayor of London. Our Celebrate with Song event, which aims to raise the profile of Jewish choral music through workshops and performances, took place at St John's, Smith Square, between 2007 and 2009, and at JFS in 2010 and 2011. Its most recent instalment in 2013 took place at the London Jewish Cultural Centre and West London Synagogue, and in 2015 it will take place at JW3. In recent years we have also performed at London venues including the South Bank Centre and V&A museum, while in 2005 the Choir celebrated its Golden Anniversary with a concert at St John's, Smith Square.
TV and Radio appearances have included the 1986 live television and radio broadcast of Kaddish for Terezin from Canterbury Cathedral, the Expressions of Reconciliation and Hope service in York Minster in 1990, a Holocaust Day commemoration edition of Radio 4's Sunday Worship in January 2001, and, in January 2005, an edition of BBC1's Songs of Praise, The Holocaust Remembered. We have travelled extensively to the U.S.A., Canada, Israel, and Eastern and Western Europe, and in 1993 participated in the Polish Holocaust Memorial ceremonies in Warsaw and Treblinka to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At the 1996 Zimriyah Choral Festival in Jerusalem we were invited to sing at the opening ceremony concert, which was broadcast live on Israel Radio, and In October 2001 we toured The Czech Republic and Hungary. In April 2007 we toured Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and in March 2009 we made another successful and enjoyable tour of Israel. In November 2008 we held a major concert in London alongside the Polyphonies Hebraiques de Strasbourg, and followed this in 2011 with a visit to Paris and Strasbourg. In December 2011 we performed alongside seven other Jewish choirs at the inaugural Louis Lewandowski Festival in Berlin, and in 2013 made a two-week visit to America and Canada. In May 2014 the choir visited the second European Jewish Choir Festival in Rome and in November 2014 will be visiting the Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg.
The Choir is committed to educational and charitable activities. It regularly gives concerts in care homes and for established charities, most recently for Tzedek (a charity which is involved in educational projects in Africa) at the New North London Synagogue. A further concert is planned in December of this year in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society in support of its work on dementia. The choir runs an annual workshop and joint concert with school children from the Goldbeaters and Orion Primary Schools in North West London. Through this work we introduce Jewish music to mixed faith children and their families, which encourages the development and love of music with a religious or spiritual theme in young people.
The Choir has maintained its reputation as a result of professional musical direction, and a strong commitment to rehearsals by its members. We come together not only to sing, but to be part of a warm and friendly social group. We are always happy to welcome new members. To find out more about us, visit our website at www.zemelchoir.org or phone our membership secretary, Doreen Havardi on 020-8868 8423
To find out more about us, visit our website at www.zemelchoir.org