We meet on Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm twice a month. Group members also sing for events and meet more often for social activities. Please get in touch for the next dates. Join anytime. We meet near Tufnell Park Station on the Northern Line. To join, please contact our administrator Robin firstname.lastname@example.org for details or write to Polina. Fee: pay on the day £10 (includes tea and snacks), students £5.
Yiddish is a 1000-year-old language of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Yiddish folk songs are deeply rooted in spiritual traditions, Cantorial and Chassidic singing; also they have been influenced by many other East European cultures. They speak about people’s everyday life and express every colour of human emotion.
Niggunim form a part of Jewish worship that enables the singer to bring about a change in consciousness known as “Dveykes”, or “union with God”. They are the age old Jewish “songs without words” and sometimes include improvisation and a lot of ornamentation which participants explore in every song.
We often talk about our songs in terms of Yiddish, interpret texts, discuss meanings – we have a few Yiddish speakers and even a few Yiddishists in the group… We also enjoy the specifics of the musical language: modes, stylistic features, arrangements etc… and experiment with interpretation and style.
But most of all – we sing, sing, sing! Choir members also bring their own songs and arrangements as well as nice snacks, (including latkes and bliny) so we always have a great time!