Registered: 5 May 2009
The Zemel Choir is the UK's Leading Mixed Voice Jewish Choir
The Zemel Choir, established by Dudley Cohen in 1955, is proud of its international reputation as one of the world's finest mixed-voice Jewish choirs. Our wide-ranging repertoire embraces all the traditional Jewish cultures, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Yiddish and Israeli.
We regularly perform in major venues throughout the U.K. and overseas, and, besides singing well-known favourites, are particularly proud to present new music, often specially commissioned, from contemporary composers. Recent highlights have included the Choir’s Golden Anniversary, celebrated in November 2005 with a concert at St John's, Smith Square, and also our Celebrate with Song event, which aims to raise the profile of Jewish choral music through workshops and performances which we will be holding for our fifth consecutive year in 2011.
In recent years we have also performed at London venues including the South Bank Centre and V&A museum. TV and Radio appearances have included the 1986 live television and radio broadcast of Kaddish for Terezin from Canterbury Cathedral, the Expressions of Reconciliation and Hope service in York Minster in 1990, a Holocaust Day commemoration edition of Radio 4's Sunday Worship in January 2001, and most recently, in January 2005, an edition of BBC1's Songs of Praise, The Holocaust Remembered. In January 2011 we performed for London’s Mayors and other dignitaries at the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony in City Hall.
We have traveled extensively to the U.S.A., Canada, Israel, and Eastern and Western Europe, and in 1993 participated in the Polish Holocaust Memorial ceremonies in Warsaw and Treblinka to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At the 1996 Zimriyah Choral Festival in Jerusalem we were invited to sing at the opening ceremony concert, which was broadcast live on Israel Radio, and In October 2001 we toured The Czech Republic and Hungary. In April 2007 we toured Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and in March 2009 we made another successful and enjoyable tour of Israel. In November 2008 we held a major concert in London alongside the Polyphonies Hebraiques de Strasbourg, while in 2011 we will be touring in France with concerts in Paris and Strasbourg .
Over the years we have made many recordings, the most recent of which is our newly completed CD - Celebrate With Song - conducted by Benjamin Wolf.
The Zemel Choir has a new website that can be viewed at http://www.zemelchoir.org