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8th Annual European Cantors Convention Is A Hit!

Our 8th convention "Shabbat Unwrapped" in June 2013 at Central Synagogue, London, was a great success with some thirty delegates learning about leading your congregation in Sabbath services Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat morning and special Shabbatot

Guest Cantors Sol Zim (New York) and Yehezkel Klang (Israel) - on the outer edges in our line up below - were joined by Charles Heller and Eric Moses from Toronto.

L-r: Cantor Sol Zim (Guest Cantor from New York), Geraldine Auerbach (Executive member of ECA),
Alex Klein (convenor ECA), Ephraim Mirvis, (Chief-Rabbi-Elect of the UK and Commonwealth)
Steven Leas (cantor of Central Synagogue and head of the London Group of ECA)
Cantor Yechezkel Klang (Guest Cantor from Israel)

Sol Zim and Yehezkel Klang, are two of the world's most revered and charismatic cantors. They led intensive training sessions on nusach and davening for Shabbat in what became, as previous conventions, an unrivalled opportunity for practising and aspiring cantors, choirmasters, choristers and congregants to meet, compare notes, brush-up, refine and broaden skills and learn new music guaranteed to enhance services.

The convention included the Gala Julian Klein Memorial Conche ert, the proceeds from which will help send a budding cantor to Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute for study. A highlight was also the presence of Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis at the pre-concert reception. Your can watch his address here. A selection of the delegates, with Chief Rabbi elect Mirvis is below.

The whole proceedings were then rounded off with a Choral Shabbat at Central Synagogue with the guest cantors.

Read Charles Heller's account of the Convention

Read Eric Moses' advice to Convention participants

The convention was presented by the European Cantors Association (established 2012) and supported by the Jewish Music Institute and Central Synagogue.

Updated 21st July 2013