Welcome to November's JMI Newsletter,

This month sees a year of Kristallnacht commemorations drawing to a close with the excellent Last Train to Tomorrow at the Roundhouse. There's also a not to be missed gig at Rich Mix bringing together two JMI favourites, She'koyokh and Los Desterrados.
This month I'm thrilled to be back at the Barbican Cinema as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival with a stellar band featuring Grant Windsor, Ian Watson and Quentin Collins to perform a live, improvised soundtrack to the film The Yellow Ticket. I will also be speaking giving a JDOV talk at JW3 on Travelling Light Through Life and am looking forward to being part of such an inspiring event.

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75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht.
This remembrance Sunday 9th November is a time of great reflection, marking the end of the 75th anniversary year of Kristallnacht.  Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, was a series of co-ordinated attacks carried out by paramilitaries and civilians against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9th and 10th November 1938.  The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues.
To mark the occasion of the 75th anniversary, Jews and Christians gathered together for a Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope at Westminster Abbey on 25 November 2013.  Conducted by the Dean of Westminster the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, the service featured readings from survivors, lighting of the Shoah Menorah from Belsize Square Synagogue by Rabbi Stuart Altshuler and an address from Rabbi The Baroness Neuberger DBE, Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue.  The choirs of Belsize Square Synagogue and West London Synagogue conducted by Benjamin Wolf and Christopher Bowers Broadbent respectively, also sang.  They were later joined by the Zemel Choir and soprano Shirley Vaughan and performed a composition by Cecilia MacDowell, which was jointly commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute and conducted by Benjamin Wolf.
1938 was also the year of the Kinderstransport and as this 75th anniversary year also draws to a close an event of remembrance is taking place at The Roundhouse on Sunday 9th November at 3pm.  Organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees it features a composition by composer/conductor Carl Davis, detailed in the item below.
To mark these events JMI presents you can hear a podcast featuring Canon Hawkey, Reverend Weisman and Benjamin Wolf, with readings and music from the event. This feature can be heard here.



JMI is proud to be partnering the UK Jewish Film Festival for the third year running.

This year Sophie Solomon and her band will accompany The Yellow Ticket with a performance of a new, live score.  Leah, a Jewish girl (Polish actress-turned-Hollywood superstar Pola Negri) is forced to hide her identity in order to attend medical school in St. Petersburg. A melodrama of multiple oppression, Leah is at a disadvantage as a woman, an orphan and a Jew - and yet has immense persistence and insatiable ambition. Partly filmed in the Jewish part of pre-World War II Warsaw, The Yellow Ticket is the first film to explore Jewish discrimination in Tsarist Russia. You can listen to an interview with UKJFF Managing Director Michael Etherton and JMI's Artistic Director Sophie Solomon talking about the event, here

  Event info:

Date: Tue 18 Nov
Time: 730-10pm
Venue: Barbican
Price: £11.50




Performance and discussion
Cellists Raphael Wallfisch and Natalie Clein and violist Rivka Golani have all performed Bloch’s major orchestral works to great acclaim in many parts of the world. Recently both Raphael and Natalie have made highly praised recordings of Schelomo, one of his major works for cello and orchestra. Rivka’s recordings of the Viola Suites span many years. After a recital of some of Ernest Bloch's music, they will talk about how they first encountered Bloch, what drew them to his music and their insights into performing it. It will be a privilege to hear them play.  The event’s purposes are to raise awareness of Bloch’s music and funds enabling students to study his work in the form of masterclasses.
A podcast featuring interviews with Dr Alex Knapp, Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and Cellist Natalie Clein can be heard here

  Event Info

Date: Sun 2 Nov
Time: 630-9pm
Venue: Royal College of Music


In remembrance
JMI is proud to sponsor, The Last Train To Tomorrow, which tells the extraordinary story of the Kindertransport through a sequence of ten songs composed and conducted by the internationally acclaimed artist Carl Davis CBE and written by the celebrated children’s author Hiawyn Oram.
Commissioned by the Halle Orchestra, the song cycle will be performed by the Finchley Children’s Music Group. The concert will also feature The Marriage of Figaro Overture by Mozart and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto performed by City of London Sinfonia, together with an outstanding young violin soloist from The Yehudi Menuhin School. The whole event will be introduced by Natasha Kaplinsky, who is a member of the government's holocaust commission. If you would like to find out more information about this event then please visit the page here. We talked to Carl Davis CBE and the Managing Director of the Association of Jewish Refugees, organisers of the concert, about this important performance and this podcast can be heard here

  Event information

Date: Sun 9 Nov
Time: 3pm
Venue: Roundhouse, Camden
Price: £10-50


Forbidden Music

Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) with Peter Brathwaite (baritone) and Nigel Foster (Piano)
A critical song-based reconstruction of the infamous Düsseldorf exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazi government to alert the German public to “inferior and ultimately dangerous” forms of music, particularly jazz and Jewish. The concert paints a vivid picture of the Berlin Kabarett scene of the 1920s and 1930s, and will feature the songs of Kurt Weill, who fled Germany in 1933, agitprop songs by Hanns Eisler, who was exiled twice; from Germany through being Jewish and from the US through being a communist, and music by Ernst Krenek, Zemlinsky and Friedrich Hollaender. There will be spoken excerpts from the “Entartete Musik” exhibition pamphlet (1938) and the Nazi-sponsored Lexikon der Juden in der Musik (Encyclopedia of Jews in Music). This concert will be enhanced with video projections created by digital artist James Symonds.

  Event information

Date: Thu 27 Nov
Time: 7pm-10pm
Venue: Rosslyn Hill Chapel
Price: £12-15


Sing Yiddish!
Led by Polina Shepherd, one of Europe’s leading musicians in the field, JMI’s Zingt! The People’s Chorus at JW3 is open to all. Participants learn traditional and new Yiddish songs, nigunim and specific ornamentations of this singing style. They sing Yiddish songs in 1-4 parts with and without sheet music, and nigunim mostly accompanied by piano but also a cappella.
11th & 25th November
9th December.
Culminating in a concert at JW3 on
23rd December.

  Event Information 

Date: Twice monthly Tuesdays
Time: 645-845pm
Venue: JW3
Price: £10 per session


Master Musician
JMI Is proud to host the master musician Tcha Limberger for this exclusive masterclass. Come and learn gypsy violin from one of the world’s greatest living exponents of this deep and rich musical tradition.Over the last ten years multi-instrumentalist Tcha Limberger has become one of the most prominent and important figures in folk music of the Carpathian Basin. He studied the music of Kalotaszeg, Transylvania, with the legendary Neti Sandor, and the Magyar Nota style of Budapest with Horvat Bela. Born into a famous family of western European Manouche musicians he grew up surrounded by the Gypsy swing style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and has toured with Fapy Lafertin and Lollo Meier. At seventeen he studied modern classical composition with Belgian composer Dick Vanderharst and recently composed the music for the piece by Les ballets C de la B ‘Patchagonia’ directed by Alain Platel.

Other than his Budapest Gyspy Orchestra and the Kalotaszeg Trio his current projects include a free improvisation guitar duo with classical guitarist Herman Schamp, and his all-string swing band Les Violons de Brussels. Until now though his performances with the Budapest Orchestra have earned him most notoriety whilst The Sunday Times described him as “The polymath virtuoso Tcha Limberger is the king of Gypsy music!

All instruments welcome although strings players will benefit the most.
Grade 5 or proficient equivalent.


Date: Thu 5 Mar 2015
Time: 630-830pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Sq.
Price: £7.50-£10


Ladino Klezmer 
A rare and thrilling opportunity to see two of London's greatest bands and champions of Jewish music; She'Koyokh and Los Desterrados. Both ensembles are stalwarts on the London scene and have been recently nominated for the Songlines World Music Awards. She'Koyokh have been described as "one of the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet" (The Australian), and Los Desterrados one of the finest exponents in existence of the Judeo-Spanish musical tradition. This line-up is a dream team for JMI, who believe strongly in their these groups and their creative mission to express this rich heritage and wonderful music. This concert is this month's must see event.

  Event information

Date: Thu 27 Nov
Time: 8pm
Venue: Rich Mix
Price: £10-12




Born In Parallel
Daphna Sadeh received her music education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York in Classical and Jazz music. After she graduated, she toured internationally with various World music groups as well as performing with Classical orchestras. Daphna formed her group The Voyagers, based in London after she moved to the UK. Her aim was to bring together a contemporary fusion of Klezmer and Middle Eastern music.
Daphna Sadeh was commissioned to compose music and record a CD with the Voyagers for “Tzadik”, the record label from New York, of the renowned Jazz musician John Zorn. In addition to that she has received a grant from the Art Council to support the project. Recently Daphna composed a ground breaking composition for Baroque and Klezmer and Middle Eastern music. Mediterranean & various forms of middle Eastern musical traditions bend and echo through her compositions. It is this mix of baroque and Klezmer music that can be heard on her new album, "Born in Parallel".
Daphna Sadeh - Composition & Double Bass
Stewart Curtis - Clarinet, Flute, Recorder
Ivor Goldberg - Guitar & Vocals
Mark Bassey - Trombone
Eddie Hession - Accordion
Guy Schalom - Percussion & Drums

We interviewed Daphna Sadeh about this commission and that podcast feature can be heard here:

  Event information

Date: Thu 13 Nov
Time: 730pm
Venue: West Road, Concert Hall, Cambridge
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Hebrew Melody

The international concert series at Central Synagogue presents Jack Liebeck and Danny Driver's "Hebrew Melody". The concert will begin with Brahms' Sonata in A major, followed by Bloch’s Baal Shem suite (including its famous second movement, Nigun). After the interval, the Achron, followed by Mendelssohn’s wonderful F Major Sonata and finally, John Williams’s unforgettable main theme to Schindler’s List.

  Event information

Date: Wed 12 Nov 
Time: 730pm
Venue: Central Synagogue, Hallam St, London.
Price: £20


Czech Scrolls Annual Commemoration

Brundibár is a children's opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. This amateur production will sit within an afternoon of events, see below for more details.

Programme for the afternoon:

2pm: Tour of the Czech Scrolls Museum (optional)
3pm: Klezmer Medley, Carols Isaacs (Accordionist)
3.30pm: Brunidbar Children's Opera performed by the children of Or Shabbat and conducted by Michael Alexander Young.
4pm: Memorial service and reading of the names of those who perished in the Westminster Synagogue Torah scroll towns of Horazdovice and Prestice.

Followed by afternoon tea.

More information can be found here


  Event Information

Date: Sun 23 Nov 
Time: 3pm-6pm
Venue: Kent House, Westminster Synagogue
Price: FREE but RSVP essential


Ester by Handel 

The Alyth Choral Society, conducted by Robin Osterley with the Alyth Chamber Orchestra and Soloists will perform Handel's Ester and Coronation Anthem at North West Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens on Sunday 7th December.
For more information please visit the Alyth Choral Society website here 

Light Relief Concert
An evening of Jewish choral music in celebration of Chanukah. Yiddish songs are deeply rooted in spiritual traditions, Cantorial and Chassidic singing. JMI’s Zingt! The People’s Yiddish Chorus explore the tradition and take it to a new dimension, introducing contemporary compositions and original music – all with attention to cultural context, history and style. Led by Polina Shepherd. The evening also features the London Jewish Male Choir, which has has a long history of entertaining audiences with high quality performances of a broad range of Jewish music.
Tue 23 Dec.
Tickets here

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch

World-renowned Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch, known for their intense togetherness and extreme musicality, perform Haydn, Brahms, Bruch, Achron and Mendelssohn for a special evening to raise awareness of, and funds for, the New Israel Fund. Join them for a pre-performance drinks reception and an exclusive post-performance discussion with the artists.
'Three of the finest instrumentalists of our time' The Classical Reviewer, 2013

Programme will feature:
Haydn Piano Trio in E flat, XV:31 Jacob's Dream
Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C, Op.87
Bruch Kol Nidrei (cello & piano)
Achron Hebrew Melody (violin & piano)
Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D, Op. 49
Hagai Shaham violin
Arnon Erez piano
Raphael Wallfisch cello

Tue 27 Jan
Kings Place, London.
Tickets here


Klezmer Jam
Bring an instrument and a tune to share, or just come along to listen.
Sun 2 Nov
The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JF
Free entry

Candombe: Guillermo Rozenthuler 
Argentinian born, London based and SOAS graduate journeys through this Uraguyan genre.
Mon 10 Nov
Brunei Gallery
Info here

Lunchtime Recitals at JW3
This month features two lunchtime recitals at JW3.
Joseph Houston - Piano
Thu 13 Nov
Book here

Vacarescu and Georgeson
Mon 27 Nov
Book here

F-Ire Collective
Rhythm and Jews
Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival
London’s F-IRE Collective give their affectionate musical responses to Jewish- American comedy greats with a newly commissioned suite of pieces incorporating audio and visual footage. Including the work of Woody Allen, Sarah Silverman, Groucho Marx, Larry David and more.
Sat 15 Nov
Book here

Besa & Beyond
Film screening, discussion and concert, following the story of the Albanian Muslims who helped to rescue Jews in WWII. Featuring music from the band Silkroad.
Mon 17 Nov
Book here

Belarus comes to FRS
Cultural event featuring artist Vladimir Shappo, violinist Svetlana Levitskaya and Yiddish songs performed by singer Hilda Bronstein with accompanist Yair Schlieder.
Sat 22 Nov
Finchley Reform Synagogue
Call 07887 687501 / Email:
£10 donation

Judith Owen
Celebrated Jazz singer comes to London with her trio.
Mon 23 Nov
Book here

Don Kipper  
Op Sa! and Don Kipper
Sat 1 Nov
Don Kipper at Le Quecumbar
Mon 10 Nov
Info here

Don Kipper at SOAS JCR
Fri 14 Nov
SOAS JCR, Russell Square
Don Kipper at Jamboree
Wed 26 Nov
Seen and heard at Klezmer in the Park 2014, this Leeds based Klezmer band are set to storm Brixton and then the band continue to head way out west to play Cornwall the following night. Tireless!
Fri 28 Nov
Info here

Sat 30 Nov
Miss Peapods
Info here

Klezmer Keilidh Dance Event
Guy Schalom leads and teaches Eastern European and Yiddish dances accompanied by the London Klezmer Quartet.
Sun 30th Nov
Info here


The JMI monthly radio podcast series continues with four different features for November. The UKJFF and JMI have been working together for a few years and this year we are again on the event: The Yellow Ticket. We speak to our artistic director Sophie Solomon and the Managing director of UKJFF, Michael Etherton to find out more. November is a month of national remembrance here in the UK, so we look back to last November and our event of shared solemn remembrance of 75 years since Kristallnacht at Westminster Abbey and interview the Abbey's Canon Hawkey, our very own Reverend Malcolm Weisman, conductor Benjamin Wolf and Cellist Gemma Rosefield. We also look to remember the Kindertransport with an event at the Roundhouse in London. We interview Michael Newman of the Association of Jewish Refugees and the composer Carl Davis CBE to find out more about the event and the music that will feature on November 9th. We also look to celebrate Daphna Sadeh's album launch at West Road Concert hall Cambridge, which is an Arts Council England commission of Baroque and Klezmer music featuring players from the Academy of Ancient Music, Cambridge. All the individual podcasts can be found here