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University of Sussex. Brighton, UK. Yiddish song workshop

June 22, 2022 @ 17:30 - 19:30 UTC+0

Booking link for this day will appear here closer to the date.

In collaboration with University of Sussex Students’ Union, with support from The University of Sussex Chaplaincy.

Come to the third two-hour workshop from 5.30 to 7.30pm to be held in the University of Sussex campus and help build a choir performance in Refugee Week 2022.

ALL WELCOME. Advance booking essential

All workshop participants will be invited to take part in the Refugee Week performance at Brighton Jubilee Library on 25th June 2022.

No previous singing experience or knowledge of Yiddish required.

According to University of London academic Lily Kahn, Yiddish was spoken by 11 to 13 million people at the start of the Second World War. It is a stateless language, a fusion of old German, Hebrew-Aramaic and Slavic languages. Secular Yiddish culture thrived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yiddish songs have been a central part of the Klezmer music revival since the 1980s. Their diverse range, combining joy, humour, romance, resignation, hope and struggle, includes important resources for these troubled times that are highly relevant to the themes of Refugee Week. For example, Yiddish songs formed resistance anthems for Jews facing pogroms in Tsarist Russia, and young newly arrived US immigrants exploited in New York’s garment industry. Some of the best known Yiddish songs were composed in opposition to fascism in the Nazi ghettoes of the Second World War.

Led by Brighton-based Russian/ Jewish composer, performer and choir director Polina Shepherd. Song sheets will be provided.

Suggested fee: £4
Solidarity fee: £7
Free participation available

Location: venue  will be on the University of Sussex campus and will be accessible. Directions can be found here. Watch this space for details or get in touch. 


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University of Sussex. Brighton, UK. Yiddish song workshop


June 22, 2022
17:30 - 19:30 UTC+0
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