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The Zemel Choir: Celebrate With Song

Sacred Days of Strasbourg

Click on the flyer to find out about this multi-faith event we are performing in



We are holding a series of Come and Sing Events over the next few months where you can experience singing with the choir for a couple of hours. Each Come and Sing event will have a different theme
The full list of dates for the series are:-
Sunday 15th January 2017 Theme-Showtunes- Michael Sobell Centre 10.00 am -12.00 noon 
Sunday 12th February 2017 Theme-Adon Olam Michael Sobell Centre 10.00 am -12.00 noon 
Sunday 19th March 2017 Theme-Pesach tunes - Belsize Square Synagogue 2.00-4.00 pm
Sunday 14th May 2017 Family Music Day- Belsize Square Synagogue Afternoon and Evening
Sunday 11th June 2017 Come and Sing Concert - Belsize Square Synagogue 2.00-4.00 pm 

Each session will have a different theme and you are welcome to come along and join as many or as few as you wish. We just ask that you register in advance for administration and security reasons. 

Each session will cost £10.00. There are reduced rates for advance bookings, 4 sessions for £30.00 or 5 sessions for £40.00. To register, please see the link below to make a payment to the Zemel Choir which will allow you to make a secure payment via Paypal either from a Paypal account or using a debit or credit card. You don’t need to log in to a Paypal account to use this payment method, just click the box to check out as a guest. In the box for description please either enter the date of the session you wish to join, or note 4 sessions or 6 sessions and we contact you to check which ones you wish to do. We will confirm your booking by email, so please ensure that you specify your email address. 

Alternatively you can register by emailing



Organised and hosted by the Zemel Choir in its 60th year, the 4th European Jewish Choral Festival was a wonderful event. The Ukrainians came. So did the Germans. The French hopped over the channel, and the Italians flew in from Rome. As Britain contemplates a referendum and a lonely future, over 400 people joined the Zemel Choir to celebrate what is best about the European Union, at least where Jewish music is concerned. In the middle of June 2015 the Fourth European Jewish Choral Festival took place with a very special gala concert on the 14th of June 2015. The European Jewish Choral Festival began life in London in 2012, and was the brainchild of the Zemel Choir’s Musical Director, Benjamin Wolf. Kick-started during the London Olympics and the Cultural Olympiad, this event has since been held in Vienna (2013) and Rome (2014). This year the festival came home (it’s coming home, it’s coming home). The British may not always win at football, but they are pretty good at spreading a love for Jewish choral music. Performances during the festival comprised a concert in Wembley, a Shabbat service at Belsize Square Synagogue, and a final gala concert at West London Synagogue. The Zemel Choir sang alongside five visiting European ensembles and also collaborated with the professional choir of Belsize Square Synagogue. The visiting performers included professionals, amateurs, instrumentalists and soloists. There was liturgical music and folk music, as well as show-tunes and music from beyond the synagogue. From Germany the hosts welcomed the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, a professional choir which hosts its own annual choral festival in Berlin. They also welcomed the Leipziger Synagogalchor, a semi-professional group whose membership includes many non-Jewish German singers who are interested in the performance of Jewish music. From Paris – a city much troubled by recent events – we were delighted that the Ensemble Choral Copernic took part, as well as also being reunited with old friends, the Coro Ha-Kol of Rome, hosts of the 2014 festival. The line-up was completed by the Varnitshkes Ensemble, a troupe of enthusiastic players and singers from the Ukraine, who took the bus the bus all the way from Lviv to be with us in London. The Fourth European Jewish Choral Festival marked the culmination of a busy season for the Zemel Choir and in recent months the Zemel choir has performed at Westminster Abbey and sung for its annual Celebrate with Song event at London’s JW3.