A genius, but funny with it — the way Marvin Hamlisch was

By John Nathan, August 16, 2012

There is a vague and unscientific theory that attempts to explain why some new melodies are instant hits while others miss by a mile. It is unscientific and vague because the theory is mine.


Leonard Bernstein, my wonderful dad

By Brigit Grant, June 14, 2012

Saturday September 8 1962
“Today is my 10th birthday and Daddy and I drove to Coney Island together. It was just him and me and we went on all the scary rides. We rode the horses on the Steeplechase, did the parachute jump, went up on the Wonder Wheel and the rollercoaster, and we had Nathan’s hot dogs. We just had the greatest time ever.”


Langdon going for a song to help earn £10k

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Performers from West End musicals including Legally Blonde, Wicked and Les Miserables entertained a crowd of 400 in London to raise money for educational needs charity Langdon.

The Mash Up cabaret at the Leicester Square Theatre marked the end of Langdon's annual fundraising week.


Glyndebourne apology

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The executive chairman of the Glyndebourne festival has apologised for the production of a children's opera based on the writings of a pro-Palestinian activist.

Gus Christie said he could "understand and sympathise" with concerns raised over When I Am Old, written using the recollections of Rachel Corrie who was killed in Gaza in 2003.

Performed three times last month by members of the Glynd


Young singer voices her ambition for an O2 Arena showcase

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

An Arkley teenager has set her sights on singing at London's O2 Arena next year after progressing in a national competition.

Francesca Harris, 13, only found her singing voice two years ago when, listen-ing to music on the ra-dio, she started joining in.

Now the JFS pupil is a member of a gospel choir in Walthamstow and accustomed to performing to audiences of 600.


Fury over Rachel Corrie youth opera

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Glyndebourne festival has defended its production of a children's opera based on the writings of pro-Palestinian American activist Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza in 2003.

When I Am Old was performed three times last month by members of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera after they spent five days learning about the Middle East conflict.

Organisers said they wanted to show "the courage and ideal


King David on CD

July 15, 2011

A CD has been released by the Manchester King David High chamber choir to help raise money for its musical activities.

Rhythm of Life was recorded in May by Steve Portnoi, a producer for the Manchester's Halle orchestra.The 19 tracks range from from pop and jazz to medieval and contemporary classical, performed by 30 GCSE and A-level students.

Head of music Trevor Siemens said proceeds would


The next big Jewish boyband?

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011
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Hertfordshire schoolboys Louis, Jake and Niall may not have marked their barmitzvahs yet, but they are already making waves in the world of rock music.

Their band, The Undecided, compete in the semi-finals of the annual Live and Unsigned contest this weekend. Watch them perform their track Soul for Rock'n'Roll and see what you think.


Fiddler on the Roof writer dies

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2010

The writer behind the stage and screen versions of the musical Fiddler on the Roof has died at the age of 98.

Playwright Joseph Stein, who won a prestigious Tony award in 1965 for the Broadway hit, had been suffering from prostate cancer. He died in New York.

Born to Polish immigrants to New York, he worked with Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, and wrote for both radio and television.


West End show goes north

October 7, 2010

Local thespians were invited to share in the limelight when a hit London West End show was staged at a Manchester theatre.

The Jewish Theatre Company was approached by The Really Useful Company to provide supernumery actors for the crowd scenes for its production of Evita at the Lowry.

After rehearsals, six JTC actors appeared on stage and rubbed shoulders with the professional cast.

Howard Yaffe, publicity manager of the JTC, said: "We thought we would be asked just to do the walk-on walk-off crowd scenes, but were pleasantly suprised to be involved with two of the main numbers.