Twenty-five years on and the Zemel Choir is going stateside. Last seen by US audiences in 1987, the UK’s leading mixed-voice Jewish choir is looking forward to a whistlestop tour of the East Coast and Canada, with concerts in Boston, Rhode Island, Long Island, New Rochelle and Montreal. You remember the Spice Girls, you’ve heard Adele, you’ve listened to Mumford and Sons. Now, armed with two cantors and a tour bus, the Zemel Choir brings you its very own British invasion (but without the spangly Union Jack dresses).
The Zemel Choir is known for its wide repertoire, punchy performances and the enjoyment that its choristers bring to their audiences. It has performed at many of London’s principal concert venues, and has also participated in significant cross-community events, including recent performances for the Mayor of London and the BBC’s Songs of Praise. In recent years the choir has also become increasingly focussed on its links with Jewish organisations throughout the world, representing the UK at the inaugural Lewandowski Festival in Berlin in 2011, and hosting its own International Jewish Choral Festival in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad of 2012. It has also toured Europe, giving concerts in Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg, while in 2009 it visited Israel. A visit to our cousins in the US is long overdue, so come and listen to some of the best in British, American and international Jewish choral music.
The Zemel Choir performs a wide repertoire, including music in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Some music will be familiar, featuring North American composers such as Joshua Jacobson, Sholom Secunda, Steve Cohen and David Shukiar. We will also be performing music by the great composers of British Jewish choral music, Samuel Alman, Abraham Saqui and Julius Mombach, as well as by living British composers such as Stephen Glass, Cecilia McDowell and the choir’s musical director, Benjamin Wolf. From liturgy to Leonard Cohen, Zemel’s performances promise something for everyone.