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