Welcome to the March JMI Newsletter of 2013

Spring is nearly upon us and there's lots to look forward to this month.

Last weekend, we kicked the season off in style at the launch night of Jewish Book Week with a sell-out evening of words and music celebrating the songs of Leonard Cohen that featured a stellar cast of singers including Mara Carlyle, Emily Barker and Sam Lewis. And we're pleased to be back at Book Week for Little Bookniks on the 10th March with our Junk Orchestra workshops for 4-8 year olds.

Other highlights this month include Kleznorth, Arc Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall and Alyth Choral Society's performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah.

We look forward to seeing many of you out and about this month

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Lord Michael Grade JMI's new Co-president  
Lord Michael Grade and Lady Valerie Solti

Lord Grade to join Lady Solti


The Jewish Music Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Grade as Joint President. Lord Grade will join Lady Valerie Solti as Co-Joint President, stepping into the shoes of her friend, the late Leo de Rothschild. 

Lord Grade said "Since becoming involved with the Jewish Music Institute, I have come much closer to the music which is at the heart of Jewish culture. I have been really surprised how relevant the range of musical influences is to today's music lovers, Jewish or gentile. I am honoured to have been invited to become Joint President with Lady Solti."

Lady Solti added "Michael Grade has lived his whole life in the entertainment world. His relationships, knowledge and profile in this area are second to none and I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with him in our joint pursuit of JMI’s aims."


KlezNorth KlezNorth 2013: 1st to 3rd March


The Jewish Music Institute is happy to be supporting Kleznorth - a fantastic weekend celebrating all aspects of Klezmer and Yiddish Song in the picturesque setting of the Derbyshire dales. Now in its fourth year, this year's line-up of world-class teachers includes Deborah Strauss (fiddler), Paul Tkachenko (bass), Ros Hawley (clarinet) and Rachel Weston and Vivi Lachs (Yiddish song). There's still time to book for this weekend if you're quick.

  Event information

Date: 1st, 2nd & 3rd March 
Venue: Youlgrave, Derbyshire
Price: £10 - £55 (see website)

Der Nayer Klang  
Der Nayer Klang with Rachel Weston Der Nayer Klang: 6th & 20th March

"Der Nayer Klang", our vocal workshop programme for singers and musicians, focuses on two major strands of the Jewish Eastern European vocal tradition.  Led by Rachel Weston who is one of the UK's leading Yiddish song experts and a rising star of the international Jewish Music Scene. The workshop of 6th March explores lesser known songs from the Yiddish folk, contemporary and art song traditions. The second workshop of 20th March focuses on the voice as a tool for inner reflection via the medium of Chassidic Niggunim (wordless melodies). Come discover the captivating charm of Yiddish song through exploring the cultural, linguistic and musical narratives of Jewish Eastern Europe. Pre-booking is highly advised.

  Event information

Date: 6&20 March 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
 SOAS, Russell Sq.
Price: £6 - £25 (see link)

Little Bookniks  
Little Bookniks

Little Bookniks

JMI is presenting the GREAT BIG STORY ADVENTURE as part of the JEWISH BOOK WEEK's critically acclaimed LITTLE BOOKNIKS day at the JEWISH MUSEUM. 

The story of Jonah and the Whale unfolds in this interactive musical event led and performed by SAUL EISENBERG'S JUNK ORHCESTRA, storyteller VANESSA WOOLF and guest klezmer musician MEG HAMILTON (violin).

Audience members help to bring an enchanting story to life creating a magical soundscape using fantastic objects from bubble wrap to bicycle tubes.

Spaces limited to 25 per session.

For ages 4-8

Box Office: 020 7284 7384


In association with Jewish Book Week, Jewish Museum and JCC for London


Date:  Sun 10 March
 10-10.45 & 11-11.45
Venue: Jewish Museum
Price:  See box office

Arc Ensemble  
Arc Ensemble Suppressed Music: 10th March

Artists of the Royal Conservatory, (ARC) Toronto.

The ensemble-in-residence at Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music makes its Wigmore Hall debut in a programme of music by established Central European Jewish Composers whose works were banned by the edicts of the Third Reich.

The composers featured in this evening's recitals are: 
Paul Ben-Haim and Mieczyslaw Weinberg both fled their home country at the start of the Nazi regime, Szymon Laks who performed in and eventually conducted the camp orchestra at Auschwitz and Felix Mendelssohn whose music was classified as degenerate and subsequently banned from public performance in Germany. 

This programme is supported by the International Centre for Suppressed  Music.
  Event information

Date: 10 March 
Time: 7.30pm 
 Wigmore Hall, W1U 2BP
Price: £12 - £25 (see link) 

Joke Lunch  
JMI Joke Lunch Joke Lunch 2013 

The JMI annual Joke Lunch is a highlight of the spring calendar and this year we are pleased to be welcoming back Lord Grade and Maureen Lipman to entertain us with their witty anecdotes. This year we are excited to be welcoming David Schneider, arguably one of the funniest stars of UK stage and screen, as our Master of Ceremonies.

As ever, funds raised at this event contribute towards our educational fund that supports students of Jewish Music and culture of all ages. This year the event has a beautiful new location, and we'll be serving up a delicious lunch along with the gags.  To secure one of the last few tickets, please call Louise on 020 7898 4307. 

  Event information

Date: Tues 12 March
Time: 12noon - 2.30pm
Venue: Kent House
Price: £125

Alyth Elijah  
Mendelssohn's "Elijah"

Alyth Choral Society perform "Elijah"

Under the baton of Choirmaster Michael Etherton (UK Jewish Film Festival), Alyth Choral Society will celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a performance of Mendelssohn's 'Elijah', accompanied by the Alyth Chamber Orchestra.

For 30 years the Alyth Choral Society has occupied a unique place in the UK's vibrant choral scene as the only choir to specialise in music relating to the Old Testament. Founded by Viv Bellos in 1983, many works have been composed especially for the Society and they have performed to great acclaim at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-fields and St Paul's Cathedral. The Society has also toured nationally and throughout Europe.

  Event Information 

Date: 17 March 
Time:  7.30pm
Venue: North Western Reform Synagogue
Price: £15 (under 12's go free)

Top picks this month Eli Degibri 6th & 7th March 

Internationally celebrated Israeli Saxophonist and Co-artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, this brilliant musician brings his quartet to the legendary Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho with the added bonus of Aaron Goldberg. For tickets visit the venue website

David Broza - 8th March 

One of Israel's most celebrated folk artists, during his 30 year career David has worked with musicians from across the Middle East and wider world. 
Now performing at St Ethelbrugas Centre for Reconciliation & Peace

For tickets please contact
Tel: 07776 136609

Paper Dolls - until April 13th

Tricycle Theatre London

An exciting new play with music, set in Israel, exploring the weekend leisure of a group of transvestite Philippine migrant workers.
Don't think "Priscilla, Queen of the desert" think more "Pnina, Queen of the Negev"

Tickets are available from the Tricycle Theatre Box Office

OT AZOY! Online booking  
Ot Azoy! Yiddish language classes are held at four levels, led by Helen (Khayele) Beer with her popular and experienced team of Sonia Pinkusowitz, Heather Valencia and Lily Kahn, with Barry Davis presenting classic Yiddish films.

The Golden Peacock is our Yiddish Song course led by Shura Lipovsky  with Hilda Bronstein, Polina Shepherd and accompaniment by Professor Alex Knapp. The course is for advanced singers who wish to embrace the rich song repertoire.

You will be amazed at how much you are able to learn and will be reading, writing, speaking and singing Yiddish in one week!

  Event Information: 

Date: Sun 11 - Fri 16 Aug
Time: 9am - 6.30pm
 SOAS, Vernon Sq.
Price: £235/135

Discounts, Concessions and scholarships are available, please refer to the booking link above
A Musical East-End Walk  
A Musical East-End Walk

Back by popular demand!

Take a musical walk through the Jewish East End.  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.

The walk will take in landmark buildings such as the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Rothschild Buildings, the Workers Circle, the first Yiddish workers co-op and the first Yiddish theatre and guest musicians Dave Shulman (clarinet) and Zachary Gvirtzman (accordion) 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.

Tickets: £10- under 10s go free

Due to a limited number of spaces for this event TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE from our website.


Date: Sunday 19 May 
Time: 11am-1pm & 2-4pm
Meet: Whitechapel Gallery
Price: £10

Become a friend of JMI


The JMI team is delighted to invite you to renew your friends membership. The re-launch of JMI last year has created enormous interest and support and we look forward to you joining us at some of our events over the coming year. Follow the link at the top of this email or contact Louise on 0207 898 4307

Looking ahead   

Looking ahead

There are some events that we know are bound sell-out well before the event happens. That is why we would like you to mark them in your diaries to ensure that you don't miss out.


Avishai Cohen with Strings, Barbican, 7 May

Alkan, New North London Synagogue, 30 May


El Gusto, Barbican, 3rd June

European Cantors Convention, Central Synagogue, 17-20 June


Geoff Berner & Trio, Jamboree, 6 July

MRJ Music Conference, 11-14 July 



Ot Azoy! Sunday lecture and Concert, Vernon Square, 11 August  


Klezmer in the Park, Regent's Park Bandstand, 1 September


A Jewish romance, Purcell Room, 21 October