Choir delving deep into musical past

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Ten centuries of Jewish music were in play as the second year of the Zemel Choir’s “Celebrate With Song” got under way in Central London on Sunday.

Participants grappled with scores from early Hebrew plainsong to baroque cantatas in intermediate and advanced workshop groups. Each is learning several pieces that will be performed in a concert also featuring the JFS and Pandemonium choirs at St John’s, in Smith Square, Westminster, on June 15.

The programme, the brainchild of Zemel musical director Ben Wolf, is sponsored by the Harold Hyam Wingate Trust, the BBC’s Play It Again campaign, the Jewish Music Institute and the Spiro Ark Foundation.

Last updated: 5:41pm, June 5 2008