It’s coming to the end of a busy summer for JMI and with such a positive response to the new team changes and our plans for the future we look forward to continuing to bring you exciting events and workshops over the Autumn.

Highlights have included the Ot Azoy and Golden Peacock week, Yiddish dance workshops, a celebration of Yiddish writers from the early part of the last century and a tribute to the life of the late legendary singer Adrienne Cooper.

We have so much more to come. Klezmer in the Park is nearly upon us and it looks like it's going to be our biggest year yet! We are getting ready for our Big Relaunch in October so be sure to book tickets early for these events as we expect to sell out. Looking further into the future, the team are working on putting together an exciting programme of regular concerts and year-round workshops bringing you the very best local and international talent. This includes a new education programme to be launched in schools from January 2013.

Remember to check our blog, twitter and facebook from time to time to keep up to date with all our activities and other Jewish music events nationwide.

All best wishes


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After 12 years of service to JMI we are sad to announce Yvonne Glass will be leaving the JMI Team this week. Yvonne has been invited to act as a consultant over the coming years so this won’t be the last you see of her. We welcome our new Events Manager Gil Karpas and look forward to where we take Jewish Music, more info here.

A note from Yvonne:

“I consider myself really fortunate to have spent the last 12 years working for the Jewish Music Institute. I have had the chance to work with amazingly talented musicians, to organise concerts in such venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Union Chapel, Bevis Marks Synagogue and the greatly missed The Spitz and to help arrange conferences, such as the highly acclaimed academic conference Art Musics of Israel at University College, London in March 2011. Of course the bulk of my work has consisted of organising JMI summer schools such as Klezfest and Ot Azoy! /Tumbala where I have had the joy of meeting so many interesting and diverse people, many of whom I hope to stay in touch with.

None of this has been possible without being part of a dedicated team of JMI staff and volunteers. It has been wonderful to work together, experiencing many highs and some lows along the way, but always with the desire to bring the best of all genres of Jewish music to a wide public audience.

Of course I will miss the friendship and support of the JMI team but I look forward to remaining within JMI as a consultant.

With best wishes,
Yvonne “


Klezmer in the Park

The UK’s largest gathering of Klezmer musicians and enthusiasts is drawing near. Brought to you in association with the Mayor of London, and part of the Bandstand Marathon, the JMI’s Klezmer in the Park festival in Regent’s Park has become something of an institution. This year’s artists include the London Klezmer Quartet, Los Desterrados, Monooka’s Caravan, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra and She’koyokh introduced by BBC DJ Max Reinhardt. There’ll be Klezmer & Sephardi on Stilts, Sephardi and Ashkenazi eats and free children’s activities. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks.


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  Event information

Date: Sunday 9 September
Venue: Regent’s Park Bandstand
Price: FREE


The Klezmatics with Special Guest Sophie Solomon

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.

Plus Support from Monooka’s Caravan

  Event information

Venue: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
Time: 7pm
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 on clarinet. Join us as we whirlwind around the world telling enchanting stories of new and old, yesterday and tomorrow.

  Event information

Venue:Jackson’s Lane Community Centre, 269A Archway Road London N6 5AA
Workshops: 1.30pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.30pm, 4pm-4.45pm
Price: £9.95 for the first child, £7.95 for subsequent children


A Musical East End Walk

In a special East End walk with music 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

Walk Times: 10-11.30am, 12-1.30pm
Meet at: Whitechapel Art Gallery
Price: £12 (£10), under 10s go FREE

  Gil and Francesca are busy programing the new series of Jewish Music podcasts with SOAS OpenAir FM. We will be going live with weekly broadcasts and podcasts from the first week of September. News to be announced on the JMI website. In the meantime contact to find out more info or get involved.  


B’nai B’rith UK European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage

2-9 September
Discover and enjoy historic synagogues, heritage walks, exhibitions, guided tours, art – lectures and music.
More info here

World Jamboree - A Night of World Music and Food

Sunday 9 September, 7pm
An inspiring evening of music and food from around the world, celebrating Londoners’ diverse roots. Musicians and chefs from Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i and Christian backgrounds will come together in this special event in support of Health Poverty Action’s women’s health programmes in Sierra Leone and Myanmar.

Includes vegetarian buffet dinner
Admission £15, Concessions £12 (includes entry to the museum galleries from 6 to 7pm)
More info here

Jewish Heritage Walk - Jewish Maida Vale and St John’s Wood

Sunday 9 September, 10.30am
Clive Bettington will lead a walk through these two fascinating suburbs and examine their Jewish heritage-Moses Gaster, Ben Gurion, Sephardic , Masorti , Liberal Synagogues and Orthodox synagogues, Gerald Finzi, the Chief Rabbi, Harry Morgans, Vanessa Feltz, Howard Jacobs, Lubetkin etc

10.30am Warwick Avenue tube
£10 Booking recommended 07941 367 882

English Touring Opera Presents: Viktor Ullmann – The Emperor of Atlantis

Saturday 20 October, 7.15pm
This one-off semi-staged performance of English Touring Opera's production of Ullmann’s masterpiece is complemented by a recital of Ullmann songs, and a talk celebrating the life of this under-appreciated Jewish composer.

North Western Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, London, NW11 7EN
Tickets: Premium £25, Standard £20
Booking: Tel: 020 8457 8795/ 07956 912567. Email:

Tav Rishon ('first note')

Thursdays 7.15pm - 9pm
Tav Rishon is especially for those who are new to singing, or new to choirs, and who love Jewish music. Learn how to sing in harmony, read music, and explore great Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino songs in a fun and supportive

The Montagu Centre, 21 Maple Street, London W1T 5BE
Cost: for term (11 sessions): £88 / £44 concession, or per session £10 / £5
More info:,, 07989 598949

Mendelssohn Project Prize

The Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation is making a discretionary award in 2012 valued at £2,500 for any individual pursuing a Mendelssohn-related project, other than a new recording project.

Deadline is 12 October. Please submit entries and enquiries to