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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

The Zemel Choir 

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. 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. In 2017 we attended the festival in St Petersburg, and in 2018 participated in the Lviv festival (Ukraine). Our Celebrate with Song events (now called Come & Sing), which raise the profile of Jewish choral music through workshops and performances, have now been running for ten years. In recent years we have also 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 inagural 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. The choir runs an annual workshop and joint concert with schoolchildren from the Goldbeaters and Orion Primary Schools in North West London. Where Through we introduce Jewish music to mixed faith children and their families. 

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