The night's are drawing in – but we've got plenty of exciting events and concerts to keep you from hibernating just yet.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all those who came along to Klezmer in the Park in Regents Park last month.  It was the biggest Klezmer in the Park yet with more than 6,000 people of all ages celebrating the very best of Ashkenazi and Sephardi music and culture on a beautiful sunkissed afternoon. The event would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors.

Coming up in just two weekends time is our big Relaunch day. The Grammy-winning Klezmatics are flying in fresh from New York to celebrate their 25th anniversary at the Union Chapel and I'm very excited to be joining them on stage for a few tunes.  Book your tickets fast as it’s looking to be a sell out! Our children’s workshop – The Great Big Story Adventure – and our Musical East End walk are also selling fast and we're all looking forward to the day itself.

November sees our first ever collaboration with the UK Jewish Film Festival - a live improvised soundtrack for His People – a silent movie from 1926 set on New York's Lower East Side - followed by an exciting after–party. We will also be launching a regular series,  ‘Once Upon a Time in the East‘, at East London’s Jamboree.

Read on for more info on all these events and more…

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Sunday 21st October
Lorin Sklamberg from the Klezmatics 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. 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
Workshop Times: 1.30pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.30pm, 4pm-4.45pm
Venue: Jackson’s Lane Theatre, 269A Archway Road London N6 5AA
Price: £9.95 for the first child, £7.95 for subsequent children

Musical East End Walk 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:
Whitechapel Art Gallery
Price: £10, under 10's go FREE

His People - Silent Film + Live Improvised Score

JMI is delighted about it's first ever collaboration with the UK Jewish Film Festival. this special evening offers the rare opportunity to see one of the most evocative films of the 1920s with a new, live score. A classic morality tale with a bold, contemporary cinematic feel, accompanied by an improvised live soundtrack from Sophie Solomon, (violinist and Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Ian Watson (accordion) and Grant Windsor (piano). The sights and smells of New York’s bustling immigrant Jewish Lower East Side have seldom been captured better than in this sparkling tale of a generational clash of cultures.

Followed by an after-party. First 150 to book are invited.

  Event Information

Date: 13 November
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Barbican Centre
Price: £12.50 (£9.50conc)

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. We are looking for volunteers to help produce the show, contact to find out more...  

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

Classical Guitar and Songs from Jewish and Spanish Traditions
31st October 2.30pm

Featuring accomplished classical guitarist Miro, soprano Reyes Moraleda, tenor Adam Music and pianist Santos Vibot, this enchating concert will include works by Tarrega, Sor, Mendelsohn, Moustaki, Gershwin,Weill, Paul Simon, as well as traditional pieces. Tickets £9 (children and students £7) including admission to the museum galleries.
More info:
Venue: The Jewish Museum, London NW1 7NB3,
To book: Tel 020 7284 7384,

Yasmin Levy performs Songs from her new Album Libertad
7 November, 7.30pm

Yasmin Levy’s new show and album Libertad encompass a new musical journey drawing on the influences of both Spanish and Turkish music, which have been the hallmark of her Ladino repertoire, and which now take her in a new direction.
Venue: Barbican Hall
Tickets: £15.50-£24
To book:

Klezmer Workshop In Norwich
4 November 1-5pm

A hands- and feet-on workshop for players and dancers with Guy Schalom (dance/percussion) and Ilana Cravitz (violin/dance). Participants will be able to experience playing for dancers as well as learning some of the dances.
For instrumentalists of all ages, grade 4+ or equivalent experience.
To book: or 01263 741510
Cost: £50, early bird discount before 12.10.12 £30 (under 18s) or £40 (over 18s).
Venue: Norwich Synagogue on the Earlham Road

18 November, 7.30pm

What happens when you combine the UK's most dynamic and innovative chamber orchestra with a group hailed by Songlines as ‘Britain’s best Klezmer and Balkan music band’?  Come and find out on Sunday 18 November at LSO St Luke's, when Aurora Orchestra meets She'Koyokh for a unque collaboration pairing Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1 with klezmer and eastern european folk music in new orchestral arrangements.  Part of Aurora's award-winning cross-arts series New Movesthis project promises to be one of the musical highlights of the autumn.  JMI newsletter subscribers can get 20% off remaining stalls seats for this performance by quoting 'JMI offer' when booking by phone (020 7638 8891) or online using the code 091012 at For further information see