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Our 11th Cantors Convention was in Prague from 17th - 20th November
Old and New Meet In Prague As Over Fifty Cantors Join European Convention
It was a true meeting of old and new recently when the European Cantors Association held its 11th Annual Convention in Prague’s 400-year old Beit Din Chamber.
The magnificent wood-panelled space was filled for four days with the voices of over fifty chazanim as they learned new and vibrant melodies alongside new liturgical settings of traditional Nusach.
The cantors came from Canada, the Czech Republic, the UK, Germany, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.
The Principal Tutor this year was Chazan Naftali Herstik, Chief Cantor Emeritus of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem and founder and director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute.
Cantor Herstik brought along some of his former pupils from Tel Aviv including Cantors Reuven Pinsky and Daniel Colthof, together forming an amazing group of the many he has taught in the last 40 years, keeping alive Cantorial art.
Cantor Herstik was accompanied by Maestro Raymond Goldstein, senior teacher at the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and musical arranger at the Great Synagogue. Maestro Goldstein’s name appears on more than 200 cantorial
works, and over 2000 arrangements.
You are guaranteed to have heard something in shul which he has arranged! However, there was also much emphasis on contemporary music and the need to maintain a modern outlook for changing tastes.
The convention thus studied new approaches to the traditional Tal and Geshem prayers as well as listening to music sung at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, widely regarded as one of the most dynamic shuls practising new and traditional synagogue music in the world today.
Shabbat services in Prague, led by the participating cantors, were held at the 13th Century Alt-Neu Synagogue - the oldest in the world in continuous service - which came to life in what was probably an event unique even in its long history.
Home of a vibrant Jewish community for 1000 years, and the favourite city of Mozart, Prague was also a perfect setting for the traditional Motzei Shabbat Cantors’ concert, performed at the Spanish Synagogue to a capacity audience of the local Jewish and non-Jewish community.
Sadly, this synagogue is no longer used for prayer but forms part of the museum complex of Jewish Prague.
Convention was organised and presented, with thanks, to European Cantors Association Convenor and Conference Organiser, Alex Klein.
Programme Coordinator, Hirsh Cashdan.
Prague Managers, Rabbi Michael Dushinsky, Mrs Alice Grünfeld-Veselá.
Convention was supported by the Jewish Music Institute SOAS University of London, by the Jewish Community of Prague and by individuals and trusts.
Here is the video from the Gala Concert
David Koussevitsky Nusach Book Available
The Toronto Council of Hazzanim has released a compillation of nusach - a few pieces all hand written by David Koussevitsky (1912 - 1985) and given to Eli Kirshblum in 1963-1964 when he studied privately with him.
If anyone wants a copy, please send $30 USD payable to the Toronto Council of Hazzanim, c/o Cantor Kirshblum, 37 Southbourne Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 1A4, Canada.
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ECA was officially launched on 2 July 2012 at the 7th Annual European Cantors' Convention Manchester
UK 2 - 5 July 2012,
by Cantor Joseph Malovany of the 5th Avenue Synagogue New York.
Cantor Malovany is also Professor of Liturgical Music at Yeshiva University and co-Director of the
Moscow Academy for Liturgical Music.
ECA is based on orthodox tradition and convention
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Last Updated 7th January 2017