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Zemel goes Stateside


Contact: Anthony Cohen

Organisation: The Zemel Choir-The UK’s Leading Jewish Choir

Subject: “Zemel goes Stateside”

Venues: 21st May Temple Kehillath Israel, Boston, MA

              22nd May Temple Emanuel, Providence, RI

              25th May Touro Synagogue, Newport, RI

              26th May The Hampton Synagogue, Westhanpton Beach, NY

              28th May Temple Israel, New Rochelle, NY

              30th May Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal

Tel: +44 (0)7770-345679



Twenty-five years on and the Zemel Choir is going stateside. Last seen by US audiences in 1987, the UK’s leading mixed-voice Jewish choir is looking forward to a whistlestop tour of the East Coast and Canada, with concerts in Boston, Rhode Island, Long Island, New Rochelle and Montreal. You remember the Spice Girls, you’ve heard Adele, you’ve listened to Mumford and Sons. Now, armed with two cantors and a tour bus, the Zemel Choir brings you its very own British invasion (but without the spangly Union Jack dresses).

The Zemel Choir is known for its wide repertoire, punchy performances and the enjoyment that its choristers bring to their audiences. It has performed at many of London’s principal concert venues, and has also participated in significant cross-community events, including recent performances for the Mayor of London and the BBC’s Songs of Praise. In recent years the choir has also become increasingly focussed on its links with Jewish organisations throughout the world, representing the UK at the inaugural Lewandowski Festival in Berlin in 2011, and hosting its own International Jewish Choral Festival in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad of 2012. It has also toured Europe, giving concerts in Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg, while in 2009 it visited Israel. A visit to our cousins in the US is long overdue, so come and listen to some of the best in British, American and international Jewish choral music.

The Zemel Choir performs a wide repertoire, including music in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Some music will be familiar, featuring North American composers such as Joshua Jacobson, Sholom Secunda, Steve Cohen and David Shukiar. We will also be performing music by the great composers of British Jewish choral music, Samuel Alman, Abraham Saqui and Julius Mombach, as well as by living British composers such as Stephen Glass, Cecilia McDowell and the choir’s musical director, Benjamin Wolf. From liturgy to Leonard Cohen, Zemel’s performances promise something for everyone.

The Zemel Choir’s concerts will benefit from the participation of two cantors from the UK. Robert Brody is the regular cantorial soloist with the Zemel Choir. He has recorded for RCA, EMI and the BBC, as well as participating in services and concerts throughout England, Europe, Israel, Canada and the U.S.A. Richard Newman is a recent graduate of Trinity College of Music (London) and is now based in Jerusalem and studying to become a full-time cantor. The Zemel Choir will also perform with their musical director, Benjamin Wolf, who is known as a choral and orchestral conductor, singer, composer and academic, and by the wonderfully versatile Michael Cayton on piano and organ. The choir is also delighted to be performing with cantors Natanel Hershtik, Brian Mayer, Erik Contzius and Gideon Zelermyer. From the land of afternoon tea to the land of the free, this promises to be a tour full of fun, friendship and beautiful music.

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Press Release - The Zemel Choir’s International Jewish Choral Festival Gala Concert – Sunday June 17th 2012 


Contact: Anthony Cohen

Organisation: The Zemel Choir-The UK’s Leading Jewish Choir

Subject: “International Jewish Choral Festival”

Venue: West London Synagogue

Tel: 07770-345679




It is 2012, and London is looking forward to the impending Olympics. First, though, Londoners have the opportunity to savour another cultural milestone: the first Zemel Choir International Jewish Choral Festival. While some Londoners are worrying about impending travel chaos, and others are saddened by their failure to procure athletics tickets, many more are embracing the spirit of international cooperation and extending a welcome to visitors from overseas. Come and join them, and enjoy a unique opportunity to hear choirs from across Europe singing their favourite music in harmony.

The Zemel Choir’s International Jewish Choral Festival is officially linked to the Olympics through the Cultural Olympiad and the Inspire programme, and features performances by choirs from France, Italy and Austria, alongside Britain’s very own Zemel Choir. Four days of activities culminate in a gala concert at West London Synagogue, one of Central London’s most beautiful venues. The concert will include music never before heard in Great Britain, as well as favourite songs performed by a choir of over 120 singers. This event is unique in the history of British Jewish choral music, and we warmly welcome both long-term fans and new audience members.

The Zemel Choir is proud of its international reputation as one of the world’s finest mixed-voice Jewish choirs. It has recently performed in Strasbourg and Berlin, and plans to visit the USA in 2013. It has forged links with other Jewish choirs from three different continents, while its performances in the UK have included the Mayor of London’s Holocaust Memorial Service and the BBC’s Songs of Praise. For its 2012 Festival it is joined by the Vienna Jewish Choir, the Coro Hakol of Rome and the Zamir Choir of Paris. Whether you are bored by the Olympics or thrilled at the thought of watching Usain Bolt, this is an opportunity to get into the spirit of 2012 and experience the rich cultural fabric of contemporary London (and no travel chaos, guaranteed).



Notes to Editor

The Zemel Choir, established in 1955, is proud of its international reputation as one of the world’s finest  Jewish choirs.  Under the Musical Direction of Benjamin Wolf ( Zemel’s wide ranging repertoire embraces all the traditional Jewish cultures, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Yiddish and Israeli. Zemel regularly performs in major venues throughout the U.K. and overseas, and besides singing well known favourites, is particularly proud to present new music, often specially commissioned, from contemporary composers.