Welcome to the JMI October Newsletter…

There are some great events taking place all over the UK in the next few months. 

Coming up soon, I’m particularly looking forward to performing an improvised silent film score at the Barbican in November as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival so get your tickets now as it is likely to sell fast.  And I’m very pleased that JMI is supporting an amazing project commemorating Kristallnacht, Last Train to Tomorrow, at the Roundhouse featuring a song cycle composed and conducted by Carl Davis.

I’m sad to say that we will soon be saying goodbye to Laura Phillips our brilliant Marketing and Creative Projects Manager as she moves onto an exciting new opportunity. However, this does mean there is a great opportunity for someone to fill this very exciting role and become part of the JMI team. So do please share this news with someone who you think fits the bill.
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Marketing and Creative Projects Manager

We are looking for a ‘people person’ with experience of working closely with performers and creatives. A background in and passion for the arts and/or culture is necessary as are strong administrative skills. Applicants will also have experience of developing on and off line marketing materials, writing copy and knowledge of the Jewish cultural world. If you are able to create and implement marketing strategies to promote JMI and the work it does. If you can manage, facilitate and administrate events, projects and relationships with JMI’s partner organisations and artists. Do you have experience of nurturing relationships with the press and are diligent, organised and have a good eye for detail, then please visit our recruitment page and apply here



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 information

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 The whole event will be introduced by Natasha Kaplinsky, who is a member of the governments holocaust commission. If you would like to find out more information about this event then please visit the page here.

  Event information

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




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.
7th & 28th October
11th & 25th November
9th December.
Culminating in a concert at JW3 on
23rd December.

  Event information

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


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, Lea 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.

  Event information 

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


Manchester is one of the great cities of the UK and is well known for its Jewish community but what of its Klezmer scene? As well as annually supporting Kleznorth in Derbyshire, JMI also helps to support the Michael Kahan Kapelye which honours this violinist in more than name alone. The Kapelye is a teaching ensemble that educates music students of the University of Manchester in the music of Klezmer. Led by Dr Richard Fay and Clarinettist Ros Hawley and supported by Senior Ethnomusicology lecturer Caroline Bithell, the MKK has given rise to many an inspired student but never more so than the L'Chaim Kapelye. A group of graduates from the course who have been so affected by this music, that they formed a group and started performing in Manchester. One gig led to another and they are now an established act on the Manchester music scene as well as being a popular choice for simchas.  A lot of their activity is centred around the Manchester Jewish Museum, where enthusiasts from the Jewish and wider community gather and share their love of Klezmer.

You can hear 5 people key in the development of this scene tell the story in their own words here.




Cockney Yiddish Music Hall
Katsha’nes breathes life in the irresistible golden of the London Yiddish Music Hall.  The songs they perform come from archive song sheets and books produced when they were originally sung in Whitechapel’s York Minster and Wonderland music halls
This theatrical multimedia performance will begin with an introduction to the world of the Anglo-Yiddish music halls, followed by a romp through a range of the songs. At the end there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the band who include a doctoral research student, composers and arrangers. Katsha’nes are Vivi Lachs, Rachel Lasserson, Sarha Moore and Rebekka Wedell. Book early to avoid disappointment.

  Event Information

Date: Wed 22 Oct
Time: 7pm
Venue: October Gallery, Bloomsbury
Price: £5


Life Cycle – The Musical and Liturgical Perspective
Dr Annette Boeckler
Music creates atmosphere and so important occasions in life can be enhanced with music specifically composed for them.  This course introduces Jewish rituals and the traditional and modern sound tracks that accompany them with wide-ranging practical applications. All those interested are welcome, irrespective of denomination or knowledge, though an ability to read Hebrew is helpful but not a necessity.

The course will include:
Introduction to Jewish Life Cycle events from a Cantorial perspective
The cantorial traditions for the Wedding Ceremony – ancient and new. Music for Bar/Bat Mitzvah services/ceremonies.
Material for youth services.
Taharah, Funeral and Shivah including  traditional nusach.
Nusach Tefillah for weekday.
Brit Mila, Baby Blessing, New Rituals and their songs.


  Course info:

Date: Weds from 22 Oct - 10 Dec.
Time: 745-915pm
Venue: Leo Baeck College Lehrhaus
Price: 8 sessions (£104)


Learn Yiddish this Autumn 

We have collated and collected a list of Yiddish courses to suit every diary at the Yiddish page on our website here.

Recommended in particular for all our Yiddish Summer School (Ot Azoy) students to keep themselves refreshed and also to maintain their learning.  There are many courses and resources listed here and JMI will also soon be selling Yiddish texts and song books from our website, so do please keep an eye for notification of the ‘on sale’ date.




Balkan Beat Box first burst on the scene in the early part of last decade as a fresh and exciting new band. Now with 4 studio albums and remixes galore Balkan Beat Box have stormed their way to success, regularly featuring as festival headliners in their native Israel as well as European and US festivals and regularly packing out venues all across the UK. Their upfront brassy, klezmer, Balkan mix with urban bass culture has made them one of the hottest musical properties worldwide. Last year we interviewed Ori Kaplan from the band to find out more about its history and its music. The band is returning to the UK for another live date and details of that gig can be found here and the podcast here.

Hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard), She’Koyokh have spent over a decade sponging up the rich folk music of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. Their evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, She’Koyokh have performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD and Cheltenham, and was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 and was recently seen at Klezmer in The Park 2014. The band are is touring the UK, from North to South this October, so wherever you live in the UK make sure you catch them live by checking the tour dates here

Live at Zest
Flora Curzon and Francesca Ter-Berg perform live at Zest
Tuesday 7th October

Dunasje Kapelye
Piotr Jordan, Zac Gwirtzman and friends join the Bossaphonik 10th anniversary triple bill and take a trip down the musical Danube.
Friday 10th October
The Cellar, Oxford
Tickets here

Leeds based nu-Klezmer band who performed at Klezmer in the Park 2014.
Saturday 11th October
Tickets here

London Klezmer Quartet 
Benefit concert for Disabled Choice in Hackney
Tuesday 14th October
Stoke Newington Old Church,
Tickets here

Avi Avital 
Israeli Mandolist playing a program that includes Bloch, his own works and other classical pieces arranged specially for Mandolin.
Thursday 16th October
Wigmore Hall
Tickets here

Walter Wurzburger Centenary Concert
The Kingston Philharmonia celebrate 100 years since Walter's birth in 1914 withy a recital of some of compositions.
Saturday 18th October
£10, £8 concs.
Kingston Liberal Synagogue, Rushett Rd, KT7 0UX.
Tickets here

Fromage en Feu 
Balkan Klezmer Gyspy.
Sat 25 Oct 
The Old Duke, Bristol



Daphna Sadeh: World Premiere
World premier of the innovative composition of World music, Klezmer and Baroque by the composer Daphna Sadeh. Orchestration by Daphna Sadeh & David Murphy.
Conductor - David Murphy
Performed by Daphna Sadeh and The Voyagers and Baroque Orchestra.
Date: Tue 11 Nov
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Tickets: here

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.
Date: Wed 12 Nov
Central Synagogue, Hallam St, London.
Tickets: here

London Song Festival : Entartete Musikk 
Concert: 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 music. The programme includes songs by Kurt Weill and a selection of Hanns Eisler's Protest Songs. Featuring Peter Brathwaite - baritone, Nigel Foster – piano
Date: Thu 27 Nov
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London.
Tickets: here


The JMI radio podcasts this month focus on the Manchester Klezmer scene and the good work being by Dr Richard Fay and Ros Hawley as mentioned above. We also celebrate the life and works of Ernest Bloch with this exclusive set of interviews with Rafael Wallfisch, Natlie Clein and Alex Knapp. All these podcasts and others in our radio series can be found at our radio page here.