the london yiddish choir

Yiddish choirJoin our winter term sessions: 13, 27 January, 10, 24 February and 10 March.

Yiddish is a 1000-year-old language of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Yiddish songs are deeply rooted in spiritual traditions, Cantorial and Chassidic singing; they have also been influenced by many other East European cultures. One of the strongest links within Ashkenazi culture is the Chassidic Nign – a part of Jewish worship that enables the singer to bring about a change in consciousness known as Dveykes. Yiddish song is also strongly influenced by theatre and cinema, cultural and historic events and expresses people’s day to day life like any folk culture.

The London Yiddish Choir repertoire explores the tradition and takes it to a new dimension introducing 4 part folk song arrangements, contemporary compositions, a bit of improvisation and original music – all with attention to cultural context, history and style. 

OPEN TO ALL backgrounds and singing levels. Join any time.

The choir meet twice a month on a Tuesday evening 6.30 – 8.30pm at The Montagu Centre, 21 Maple Street, London, W1T 4BE (close to Euston Sq./ Warren st tube stations). We perform 1-2 times a season. Fee – £50 per season (5 sessions). We have concessions for students and unemployed. When joining later in the term, you pay only for the remaining sessions. Taster session – £10 / £5 students.

Please get in touch for any questions and venue information. Sheet music, translations and transliterations are available.

The London Yiddish Choir was founded by a classical pianist and Alexander Technique coach Robin Rubenstein who hosted the choir in her house in 2012-2014. 


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