A quick reminder for you to buy your tickets now for our Big Relaunch event. We are only a few days away and the final preparations are being put in place. We anticipate with excitement the arrival of the Klezmatics, props are being made from scratch for the 'Great Big Story Adventure' and musicians are preparing to surprise you all with an eclectic array of repertoire on our Musical East End Walk. 

We are delighted to have worked on the latest BBC 4 Timeshift production "Klezmer" featuring many top UK klezmorim. Read on for more information.

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Sunday 21st October 
The Grammy-winning Klezmatics fly in from New York City for their first UK gig in nearly a decade, with London’s own violin superstar Sophie Solomon lending her electric energy to the mix. Expect a night of high octane klezmer and beautiful Yiddish song, a concert steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern European tradition combined with more eclectic musical influences such as gospel, punk, and Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms. Described by Time Out as “one of the greatest bands on the planet”, the Klezmatics are pioneers of Jewish music. Join us at the Union Chapel in Islington for what promises to be a very memorable evening.

Plus Support from Monooka’s Caravan
  Event Information 

Date: 21st October
Time: Doors open 7pm
Venue: Union Chapel. Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
Price: £18 (£15)

The Great Big Story Adventure – ‘Jonah & The Wailers’
The JMI has commissioned a new programme of interactive musical storytelling for 4-8 year olds lead and performed by Saul Eisenberg’s Junk Orchestra and storyteller Vanessa Woolf with special guest Susi Evans (from She'Koyoch) on clarinet. Join us at Jackson's Lane Theatre in Highgate, as we whirlwind around the world telling enchanting stories of new and old, yesterday and tomorrow. Parents go free, and there is a lovely cafe there too.
  Event Information

Date: 21st October
Time: 1.30pm-2.15pm, 2.15pm-3.30pm, 4pm-4.45pm
Venue: Jackson's Lane Theatre, 269A Archway Road London, N 5AA
Price: £9.95 for the first child, £7.95 for subsequent children

A Musical East End Walk
An East End Walk like no other! The walk will be accompanied by music specially devised for the JMI, local historian and East End aficionado David Rosenberg will tell the story of the area from 1880 to the First World War through its buildings and their occupants, explaining the impact of Jewish immigration on all aspects of life, from housing and commerce to education and the arts. Guest musicians Dave Shulman and Zachary Gvirtzman will pop up en route to perform pieces by local East End boys such as Ronnie Scott, Solomon Schwartz, Joe Loss and Bud Flanagan. Finish off the walk in style by stopping off at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake for an old-time taste of the East End.
  Event Information

Date: 21st October 
Walk Times: 10-11.30am, 12-1.30pm
Meet at:
Meet at Whitechapel Ar Gallery
Price: £10, under 10's go FREE

BBC 4 Timeshift series presents: "KLEZMER"  
JMI is proud to announce that this week sees our first major TV feature on BBC 4 on the Timeshift special - “Klezmer”. Chosen as the Sunday Time’s ‘Pick of the Day’, BBC's Timeshift series has produced a full 1 hour programme dedicated to Klezmer in the UK and beyond. It features interviews and performances from our Artistic Director, Sophie Solomon, and musicians Merlin Shepherd, Guy Schalom and DJ Max Reinhardt, narrated by Michael Grade. If you didn’t catch it last night you can watch it again on Tuesday night at 23:45 and if that is too late for you, it is available for two weeks on BBC Iplayer, click here watch it.