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The London Yiddish Choir started three years ago with a diverse group of singers in the front room of classical pianist, Robin Rubinstein, under the inspiring leadership of Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd.
Yiddish, the 1000-year-old language of the Jews of Eastern Europe, is flourishing, as people young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish, explore its rich cultural heritage. Yiddish songs are hugely varied. Some are spiritual and liturgical, rooted in cantorial and hassidic music, particularly the nign – a spiritual melody that hassidim believe changes consciousness. Others come from the Yiddish theatre and cinema, or describe the diverse lives of Jewish people across Eastern and Central Europe and all the countries they have emigrated to – their history, hopes, fears, memories, politics, celebrations and resistance to oppression.
The London Yiddish Choir explores all these traditions and builds on them, adding four-part arrangements of folk songs, contemporary compositions and some improvisation, while respecting and learning about the history, style and cultural contexts in which the music originated and developed.
The choir is led by Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd under the umbrella of The Polina Shepherd Vocal Experience, which covers many aspects of vocal music, from solo voice to large scale choral improvisation, and from highly arranged and conducted choir pieces to smaller chamber groups.
Now the London Yiddish Choir and meets twice a month in central London to rehearse and perform once or twice a season. It is open to people of all backgrounds and singing levels, without auditions. Sheet music, translations and transliterations are available.
For joining or booking a performance, please get in touch.
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 – £40 per season / £25 concessions (5 sessions). When joining later in the term, you pay only for the remaining sessions. Taster session – £8 / £5 students. Drop in fees – £10 / £6 per session payable on the day.