The Ukrainians are coming. So are the Germans. The French are skipping over the channel, and the Italians are flying in from Rome. As Britain contemplates a referendum and a lonely future, join us to celebrate what is best about the European Union, at least where Jewish music is concerned. It’s nearly June, and that means it’s time for the Fourth European Jewish Choral Festival. Book your tickets now for a very special gala concert, taking place at West London Synagogue 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 is coming home (it’s coming home, it’s coming home). While we may not always win at football, we are not so bad at spreading a love for Jewish choral music.
Performances during the festival comprise a concert in Wembley, a Shabbat service at Belsize Square Synagogue, and a final gala concert at West London Synagogue. The Zemel Choir will be singing alongside five visiting European ensembles and also collaborating with the professional choir of Belsize Square Synagogue. The visiting performers include professionals, amateurs, instrumentalists and soloists. There will be liturgical music and folk music, as well as show-tunes and music from beyond the synagogue.
From Germany we will be welcoming the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, a professional choir which hosts its own annual choral festival in Berlin. We will also welcome 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 are delighted to be welcoming the Ensemble Choral Copernic, while we will also be reunited with our old friends, the Coro Ha-Kol of Rome, hosts of the 2014 festival. The line-up is completed by the Varnitshkes Ensemble, a troupe of enthusiastic players and singers from the Ukraine, who are taking the bus all the way from Lviv to be with us in London.
The Fourth European Jewish Choral Festival marks the culmination of a busy season for the Zemel Choir, which this year celebrates its sixtieth anniversary. In recent months the choir has performed at Westminster Abbey and sung for its annual Celebrate with Song event at JW3. Come and help us to celebrate the end of our season in style. Tickets for the gala concert on June 14th are available via the Zemel Choir website (www.zemelchoir.org) and queries can be sent to email@example.com