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Meet Augustina Kapoti


Augustina Kapoti is looking forward to working as the Junior Conducting Fellow of the Zemel Choir for the 2019/2020 season. Augustina studied Musicology at the School of Philosophy in the University of Athens. She has been distinguished in two orchestral conducting Masterclasses/Competitions: New York 2014 and Graz 2017. Augustina was accepted to pursue a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from both the Boston Conservatory and Bard College-Conservatory of Music in New York receiving a full scholarship. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting where her teachers included Harold Farberman and Dr.James Bagwell. During her studies in New York she also had the opportunity to attend Composition classes with the prestigious composers George Tsontakis and Joan Tower. Two of her compositions were selected to be performed by the ‘’Da Capo Chamber Players’’ and notable reviews followed. While in New York, she met and was invited to follow Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky in his rehearsals and concerts.
Augustina had the honour to pursue her second Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting with Simon Halsey, CBE at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and before graduating she was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Northfield Notes Community Choir. In December 2018, Augustina was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra- Chorus and Simon Halsey to be one of his assistant conductors for the U.K. premiere ‘’Public Domain’’ by David Lang at the Barbican Centre in London. Augustina currently works as a freelance conductor.



Recent Yom Hashoah Concert at JW3

Tickets available now from JW3

Tickets available now from JW3

DUDLEY COHEN-Founder of the Zemel Choir

Dudley Cohen attended the City of London School and the Guildhall School of Music. He formed a youth choir, the first to bear the name Zemel (Tsafon Ma’arav London) in 1948 which lasted for about eighteen months. After his National Service, during which time he played the clarinet in the RAF Fighter Command Central Band, and acted as Asst. Bandmaster, he reformed the Zemel Choir in 1955 where he was its conductor and Musical Director until 1975.

Dudley was the first Director of Music at Carmel College and the founder of the Carmel Boys Choir, which functioned from 1957 until 1959. He has also held the post of choirmaster and organist at various synagogues including the Hampstead Synagogue, one of the last bastions of the mixed choir within the United Synagogue. A champion of mixed voice choirs in synagogues, for the past twenty-two years he was in charge of the choir at West London Synagogue’s overflow service, a choir that has been described as the “Purest Church Choir within the Anglo-Jewish Community”!

From 1974 until he retired in 1994, he held the post of Director of Music at the Hampstead School where his symphony orchestras, wind bands and in particular his girls choirs, were regularly selected to perform at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the National Festival of Youth and Music.

He has composed a great deal of music, including pieces for school orchestras, choirs and chamber groups, a dozen musicals for school and youth productions, about two hundred choral arrangements and compositions, and countless pieces of liturgical music for the synagogue service. Recently he has composed a number of pieces based on traditional Jewish and Hassidic ideas for string quartet, which have been used as part of the wedding ceremony.