Zemel Choir
Zemel Choir
Do you enjoy singing? Come and Celebrate…
Come and Sing 10 Centuries of Jewish Music
Join us for workshops and a concert at St John’s, Smith Square
Open to Intermediate and Experienced Choristers
Sponsored by the Zemel Choir and The Spiro Ark

Sunday 1st June 2008: Workshops and voice-training
Sunday 15th June 2008: Workshops and Concert
Price £30 (to include entry to concert)
Price £25 if booked before April 30th
To register, or for further information, call 020 8236 0317
(evenings), or email celebratewithsong@hotmail.com
Sponsored by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
And with the support of The Jewish Music Institute

Come and share with us in the joy of Jewish choral music.
e-mail: celebratewithsong@hotmail.com
The workshop leaders: …read more….

Benjamin Wolf is Musical Director of the Zemel Choir. He has performed with the choir at major London venues, on tour in Europe and for the BBC. He regularly conducts a number of other choirs in and around London, as well as composing music for theatre and the concert hall. As a pianist he performs in both the UK and abroad. As an orchestral conductor he has performed for the BBC Proms, as well as conducting the Wallace En-semble – a young, professional chamber orchestra.

Malcolm Singer is Director of music at the Menuhin School, Professor of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a former Musical Director of the Zemell Choir. He has worked with the BBC Singers and other professional ensembles.

Gareth Roberts is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and former member of the BBC singers. He is a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of music, and former tutor at the City Lit. He has given masterclasses In the UK and abroad, and worked for the Royal Opera House and other institutions.

Background information on Celebrate With Song 2008

In the past ten centuries Jewish texts have been set to plainsong and polyphony, and used in motets, cantatas and oratorios, Jewish composers have written in styles ranging from the late-Renaissance to the contemporary. This music provides the focus for the Zemel Choir’s second ‘Celebrate with Song’ event in collaboration with The Spiro Ark. It will culminate in a concert at St John’s, Smith Square on June 15th 2008. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate our rich choral heritage. We welcome singers and audience members, Jews and non-Jews – anyone, in fact, with a love of music and a desire to experience music both old and new.

‘Celebrate with Song’ was launched in 2007 to enhance the profile of mixed-voice Jewish choral music. It is aimed at two groups of people: singers and audiences. We ex-tend an invitation to anyone with experience of choral singing (however limited) to come and sing with us. We will be holding workshops for groups of Intermediate and Advanced choral singers on the 1st of June and the morning of the 15th of June, and all these singers will participate in the grand concert on the 15th. Our workshops are led by experienced choral directors, and also feature an opportunity to brush up on vocal technique with a trained, professional vocal coach.

Audiences are invited to come to our concert on June 15th. For those who usually experience Jewish music in synagogue, this is an opportunity to hear something different. For those who love listening to choral music in the concert hall, but are a little tired of Bruckner, this is an opportunity to hear music by composers such as Rossi and Sulzer, Grossi and Bernstein. The concert will feature performances by the Zemel Choir and the choir of JFS, as well as special performances by our workshop participants. The 2007 ‘Celebrate with Song’ was met with great acclaim, from both audiences and partici-pants. Spurred on by this, we have arranged a second event for 2008.

Zemel Choir
Zemel Choir

The Spiro Ark
25-26 Enford Street
London W1H 1DW
Telephone 020 7723 9991
Email: education@spiroark.org