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Meet Nicky Gluch

2018/19 Zemel Junior Conducting Fellow

Nicky Gluch is looking forward to working with the Zemel Choir as Junior Conducting Fellow after having made a big impression with us at the 2017 Lewandowsky Festival in Berlin. Nicky made her conducting debut with the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and has since gone on to conduct choral-orchestral projects of her own. Having undertaken a Masters degree, Nicky’s interests include exploring aspects of conducting in the 21st Century and this year Nicky started working on her PhD. 

Recent Yom Hashoah Concert at JW3

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The Zemel Choir, established 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 from contemporary composers. Recent highlights include two performances at Westminster Abbey and a Gala concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of the First Word War.

In 2012 we hosted the first European Jewish Choral Festival, an event which subsequently took place in Vienna and Rome, before returning to London in 2015. In 2016 we attended an associated event in Israel alongside choirs from Jerusalem and Vienna. As one of the founder members of the European Association of Jewish Choirs we attended the next festival in 2017 in St Petersburg, and in 2018 participated in the Lviv festival (Ukraine). This year we have just returned from the 7th European Association of Jewish Choirs Festival in Ferrara

Our Come & Sing events, which raise the profile of Jewish choral music through workshops and performances, and seek to find new members, have now been running for a number of years. In recent years we have  performed at London venues including the South Bank Centre and V&A museum, and have performed twice for the Mayor of London. In 2016 we took part in Drawing Life, a performance at the Barbican based on original poems and drawings from the children held in Terezin during the holocaust. 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. In 2016 the choir was featured in a special feature on Israel’s I24 News.

We have travelled extensively to the U.S.A., Canada, Israel, and Eastern and Western Europe. European visits have included performances to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (Poland, 1993), a tour of Eastern Europe (2001), tours of Belgium, France and Luxembourg (2007) and Strasbourg in 2014. In 2011 we performed at the inaugural Louis Lewandowski Festival in Berlin, to which we returned in 2017. In 2013 we made a two-week visit to America and Canada.

The choir has made a number of recordings, some of which are available both as CDs and digital downloads. These include a compilation of the music of Louis Lewandowski, an album of music from the English Jewish music tradition, and a selection of some of the lighter items in the choir’s repertoire. Its most recent recording – Zemel Goes Stateside – features music that was performed as part of the choir’s 2013 USA tour.

The Choir is committed to educational and charitable activities. It regularly gives concerts in care homes and for established charities, and reaches out into the community collaborating with schools. 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 or phone our membership secretary, Doreen Havardi on 020-8868 8423