Borsht to Blighty - The Jewish Culture Day on the South Bank
Submitted to: Music 
Posted: October 31 2006

ADD COMMENT

October 31 2006 (Jewswire.com) - How do you squeeze 350 years of British Jewish music into one day? Naturally, it is impossible, but you can get a substantial taster at the Jewish Culture Day on the South Bank on 26th November 2006. Full details are available on www.jmi.org.uk and booking is through the Royal Festival Hall on 08703 800 400 or www.rfh.org.uk.

In eight events between 10am and 10pm, 350 artists will take the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, to present music of Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions as well as classical Jewish and popular song. Children from ten primary schools will come together to sing to mark the 350th Anniversary of the Resettlement of British Jews, and there will be a rousing finale with Borsht to Blighty, a cavalcade of songs of the musical stage from Yiddish theatre via Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to London's West End.

Geraldine Auerbach of co-organiser JMI commented: “To examine 350 years of Jewish music has been both a challenge and a revelation - there is so much amazing music in the traditional and classical fields - from olden times to brand new specially written compositions - that we are delighted to be presenting at the South Bank.”

Steven Leas, Cantor of Central Synagogue, co-organiser of the event alongside JMI, and a lead singer in Borsht to Blighty, added: “The precursors of Broadway musicals were the fabulous Yiddish Theatre music shows. I am so pleased to be bringing these songs to the London stage with my colleagues, alongside Broadway and West End counterparts. Borsht to Blighty is destined to be a rousing chorus in celebration of Jewish music, too good to miss.”

10am QEH Riverside Room £5

350 years of British Jewish Music is an illustrated talk by esteemed Jewish musicologist Dr Malcolm Miller surveying the creativity of Jewish musicians and the music used for Jewish worship and celebration in the last 350 years.

12:30pm Purcell Room £8 - £10

Voices of Sepharad is a sample of the music of Jews, many from Spain, who first arrived at the time of Oliver Cromwell. The event will feature intimate women's songs of love and betrayal in beautiful transcriptions for cello and piano performed by prize-winning young cellist, Gemma Rosefield and songs from the Sephardi liturgy sung by the debonair cantor Adam Musikant as well as memoirs of a founder of the Holland Park Synagogue read by the concert's pianist, Yvonne Behar.

2:30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall £5

Jewish Schools Choir Festival features ten primary school choirs singing new works on what it means to be Jewish in Britain today. The specially commissioned compositions, with words by Myrna Glass, have been composed by Stephen Glass who will introduce the event and accompany and conduct the mass choir of nearly 300 children.

5:30pm Purcell Room £8 - £10

The King of Lampedusa is a celebration of the contribution of the influx of Eastern European Jews who immigrated to London at the turn of the last century. The event is an appreciation in words and most famous Yiddish play of all time - The King of Lampedusa - set in Whitechapel and based on the real life incident of Sidney Cohen, a young Jewish pilot from Hackney who single-handedly captured an Italian garrison during World War II. There will be an address by the last surviving great Yiddish actress Anna Tzelniker, who starred in the original production, and Oscar winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman OBE will present his special film on the place, the play and the people.

7:00pm The Front Room at QEH Free

Jewish Youth Choir, conducted by Vivienne Bellos will be singing upbeat, modern liturgical settings and folk songs.

7:45pm Purcell Room £8 - £10

The Song of Songs features seminal British Jewish works, including two world premières: Fanfare for 350 written and performed by Malcolm Miller, accompanied by the Wallace ensemble, and The Song of Songs by octogenarian Kyla Greenbaum, written specially for this anniversary and performed by three outstanding vocal soloists, Gwendolen Burton, Eliot Alderman and Benjamin Seifert. They are joined by the Zemel Choir who will also perform excerpts from the famous Yiddish Grand Opera, King Ahaz – written by Samuel Alman, Britain's most celebrated liturgical composer and conductor. The concert also features songs by British Jewish composers from the past 350 years such as Isaac Nathan, Gerard Finzi and Alexander Knapp, concluding with Yiddish songs from The Pirates of Penzance.

8:00pm Queen Elizabeth Hall £17.50 - £27.50

Borsht to Blighty, the day’s showpiece, features West End stars Gina Murray, Melinda Hughes, Loren Geeting and Steven Leas, along with the Children of the Sylvia Young Theatre School and the Too Darn Hot West End Band, who together will take us on an exciting journey from the Yiddish theatre to the West End. Including medleys of music by British composers Lionel Bart, Vivian Ellis and Tony Newly as well as American’s Rogers & Hammerstein, Harry Warren, Kander & Ebb, and George Gershwin and music from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Chicago and South Pacific, all interspersed with iconic medleys of memorable melodies from the Yiddish Theatre, it truly will be an event to remember.

In a unique initiative, members of the public are to be given a unique opportunity to sponsor the artists performing at Borsht to Blighty. From as little as £10 to sponsor a young musician, to £350 to sponsor a West End performer, each donation will go to the Jewish Music Institute. The donors will be acknowledged in the programme, and for significant donations they will get the opportunity to meet the artist they sponsor. For more information, see www.jmi.org.uk

END

For more information, interviews or images, please contact:

Anna McCreadie or David Russell

020 7383 3623 020 7383 3623

amccreadie@theproffice.com drussell@theproffice.com

Notes to editors:

Borsht to Blighty has been organised by the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) in partnership with Central Synagogue. JMI has been the leading promoter of Jewish music in Britain, since its inception in 1983. It is dedicated to the celebration, preservation and development of the living heritage of Jewish music for the benefit of all. The Jewish Music Institute joins with Central Synagogue, London to present innovative performance and education programmes in classical, jazz, popular, klezmer, and liturgical Jewish music in the West End. With the tremendous support of members of the synagogue, this collaboration brings the pulse of Jewish music to the heart of London.

present

The Jewish Culture Day on the South Bank

26 November 2006

10.00am – 10.00pm

How do you squeeze 350 years of British Jewish music into one day? Naturally, it is impossible, but you can get a substantial taster at the Jewish Culture Day on the South Bank on 26 November 2006. Full details are available on www.jmi.org.uk and booking is through the Royal Festival Hall on 08703 800 400 or www.rfh.org.uk.

In eight events between 10am and 10pm, 350 artists will take the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, to present music of Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions as well as classical Jewish and popular song. Children from ten primary schools will come together to sing to mark the 350th Anniversary of the Resettlement of British Jews, and there will be a rousing finale with Borsht to Blighty, a cavalcade of songs of the musical stage from Yiddish theatre via Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to London's West End performed by some of today's great performers.

Geraldine Auerbach of co-organiser JMI commented: “To examine 350 years of Jewish music has been both a challenge and a revelation - there is so much amazing music in the traditional and classical fields - from olden times to brand new specially written compositions - that we are delighted to be presenting at the South Bank.”

Steven Leas, Cantor of Central Synagogue, co-organiser of the event alongside JMI, and a lead singer in Borsht to Blighty, added: “The precursors of Broadway musicals were the fabulous Yiddish Theatre music shows. I am so pleased to be bringing these songs to the London stage with my colleagues, alongside Broadway and West End counterparts. Borsht to Blighty is destined to be a rousing chorus in celebration of Jewish music, too good to miss.”

10am QEH Riverside Room £5

350 years of British Jewish Music is an illustrated talk by esteemed Jewish musicologist Dr Malcolm Miller surveying the creativity of Jewish musicians and the music used for Jewish worship and celebration in the last 350 years.

12:30pm Purcell Room £8 - £10

Voices of Sepharad is a sample of the music of Jews, many from Spain, who first arrived at the time of Oliver Cromwell. The event will feature intimate women's songs of love and betrayal in beautiful transcriptions for cello and piano performed by prize-winning young cellist, Gemma Rosefield and songs from the Sephardi liturgy sung by the debonair cantor Adam Musikant as well as memoirs of a founder of the Holland Park Synagogue read by the concert's pianist, Yvonne Behar.

2:30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall £5

Jewish Schools Choir Festival features ten primary school choirs singing new works on what it means to be Jewish in Britain today. The specially commissioned compositions, with words by Myrna Glass, have been composed by Stephen Glass who will introduce the event and accompany and conduct the mass choir of nearly 300 children.

5:30pm Purcell Room £8 - £10

The King of Lampedusa is a celebration of the contribution of the influx of Eastern European Jews who immigrated to London at the turn of the last century. The event is an appreciation in words and most famous Yiddish play of all time - The King of Lampedusa - set in Whitechapel and based on the real life incident of Sidney Cohen, a young Jewish pilot from Hackney who single-handedly captured an Italian garrison during World War II. There will be an address by the last surviving great Yiddish actress Anna Tzelniker, who starred in the original production, and Oscar winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman OBE will present his special film on the place, the play and the people.

7:00pm The Front Room at QEH Free

Jewish Youth Choir, conducted by Vivienne Bellos will be singing upbeat, modern liturgical settings and folk songs.

7:45pm Purcell Room £8 - £10

The Song of Songs features seminal British Jewish works, including two world premières: Fanfare for 350 written and performed by Malcolm Miller, accompanied by the Wallace ensemble, and The Song of Songs by octogenarian Kyla Greenbaum, written specially for this anniversary and performed by three outstanding vocal soloists, Gwendolen Burton, Eliot Alderman and Benjamin Seifert. They are joined by the Zemel Choir who will also perform excerpts from the famous Yiddish Grand Opera, King Ahaz – written by Samuel Alman, Britain's most celebrated liturgical composer and conductor. The concert also features songs by British Jewish composers from the past 350 years such as Isaac Nathan, Gerard Finzi and Alexander Knapp, concluding with Yiddish songs from The Pirates of Penzance.

8:00pm Queen Elizabeth Hall £17.50 - £27.50

Borsht to Blighty, the day’s showpiece, features West End stars Gina Murray, Melinda Hughes, Loren Geeting and Steven Leas, along with the Children of the Sylvia Young Theatre School and the Too Darn Hot West End Band, who together will take us on an exciting journey from the Yiddish theatre to the West End. Including medleys of music by British composers Lionel Bart, Vivian Ellis and Tony Newly as well as American’s Rogers & Hammerstein, Harry Warren, Kander & Ebb, and George Gershwin and music from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Chicago and South Pacific, all interspersed with iconic medleys of memorable melodies from the Yiddish Theatre, it truly will be an event to remember.

In a unique initiative, members of the public are to be given a unique opportunity to sponsor the artists performing at Borsht to Blighty. From as little as £10 to sponsor a young musician, to £350 to sponsor a West End performer, each donation will go to the Jewish Music Institute. The donors will be acknowledged in the programme, and for significant donations they will get the opportunity to meet the artist they sponsor. For more information, see www.jmi.org.uk

END

For more information, interviews or images, please contact:

Anna McCreadie or David Russell

020 7383 3623 020 7383 3623

amccreadie@theproffice.com drussell@theproffice.com

Notes to editors:

Borsht to Blighty has been organised by the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) in partnership with Central Synagogue. JMI has been the leading promoter of Jewish music in Britain, since its inception in 1983. It is dedicated to the celebration, preservation and development of the living heritage of Jewish music for the benefit of all. The Jewish Music Institute joins with Central Synagogue, London to present innovative performance and education programmes in classical, jazz, popular, klezmer, and liturgical Jewish music in the West End. With the tremendous support of members of the synagogue, this collaboration brings the pulse of Jewish music to the heart of London. Funds raised will be shared with the group that raise them and will go to and JMI /Central Synagogue Jewish music events and educational programmes. For more information, please visit www.jmi.org.uk

ADD COMMENT
Comments

Add your own comment


Tools:
  Print this Release
  Email this Release       Digg this
      RSS Release feeds

Comment on this Release:
Click here

Related Category:
  • Music

  • Related Link:
    jmi.org.uk

    Contact Information:
    Anna McCreadie
    The PR Office
    +44 (0)20 7383 3623  

    About this Release:
    If you want more information about this press release, please contact the company or organisation that has issued this press release through Jewswire.

    Jewswire is not responible for content that appears on these press releases. Use of Jewswire is subject to our terms and conditions.