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”, or “union with God”.
The London Yiddish Choir repertoire explores the tradition and takes it to a new dimension introducing contemporary compositions, a bit of improvisation and original music – all with attention to cultural context, history and style. OPEN TO ALL. Join any time. 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 2012-2013. From February 2014 the choir meet at The Jewish Cultural Centre JW3 who has partnered with the Jewish Music Institute to bring the choir to the new venue on Finchley Road. The choir meets on Tuesday evenings 7-8.30pm twice a month. Group members also sing for events, perform concerts and meet for social activities.
Watch our rehearsal video: