Music

Summertime and the Yiddish is easy

July 21, 2016

Yiddish is undergoing a major revival and, this summer, London will be alive with the music and words of the mamaloshen.

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A musical revelation in Camden Town

By Barry Toberman, July 7, 2016

From Al Jolson to Mark Ronson, musical history is awash with Jewish performers, producers and impresarios.

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Carole King, British Summer Time, review: 'a truly spectacular concert'

By Jessica Weinstein, July 4, 2016

The sun was shining for the first time in a long time this dreary summer and it picked the right day to make an appearance – Carole King was in Hyde Park performing in London for the first time in 25 years.

Headlining the British Summertime Festival, King drew crowds of young and old – everyone singing along, word perfect, to her seminal album, Tapestry.

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Donkey's delirious disco Dream

By Keren David, June 23, 2016

Oberon is played by a woman, there's a chorus of male fairies and the whole show is set in a nightclub. Welcome to The Donkey Show, Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night's Dream played as - and in - a Seventies disco.

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'I feared cancer had stolen my voice'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

She's sung with Madonna, taught Graham Norton to sing and introduced the Spice Girls to Jewish cuisine.

But in her long career in show business, jazz singer and vocal coach Pepi Lemer has never had a solo career. It was her ultimate dream after decades of backing and coaching other singers.

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A new kind of Orthodox movement

By Joy Sable, June 17, 2016

A small group of Orthodox Jewish men are swaying, their bodies dipping in unison as they daven, lips moving soundlessly, devotion etched upon their faces. But these men are not praying - they are dancing on a stage.

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Finding my wild Sephardi voice

By Jessica Duchen, June 9, 2016

Yaniv d'Or stands centre stage in a light suit, surrounded by his baroque ensemble, tapping a foot, virtually dancing to their introduction before breaking into song. He's a charismatic performer with a taut and energetic presence; and though he is a countertenor, he's an extremely unusual one, singing with full tone and natural, often unrestrained vibrato.

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Living the Euro's vision of Utopia

By Ben Royston, May 12, 2016

The first time I watched Eurovision, I was five years old. My parents had gone out and we had a babysitter. They left the television on so they could record the show (Israel were favourites) and that decision changed my life.

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Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

By Stephen Pollard, April 15, 2016

It's quite some feat by Katie Mitchell, the director of this risible Lucia di Lammermoor, to reduce the audience to almost uncontrollable laughter as Lucia and Alisa try to kill the bound, blindfolded Arturo. It's certainly funnier than the average sitcom. But I somehow doubt that was Mitchell's intention.

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100 years on, 'my father Yehudi is still a visionary'

By Jessica Duchen, April 14, 2016

Yehudi Menuhin, whose centenary falls on April 22, was certainly a great violinist. Crucially, though, he was much more besides: as a humanitarian visionary he set in motion initiatives that transformed the world's musical landscape with ideas often well ahead of their time.

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