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Patrons: Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis; Cantor Naftali Herstik, Cantor Joseph Malovany, Cantor Asher Hainowitz

Voice Of The Cantor Poster

A major new series of talks begins next Wednesday, 3rd March. Full programme is here.

Register here for the first programme, starring Superstar Dudu Fisher, presented in association with the Cantors Assembly

February 28th at 7pm UK time, 2000 CET:
“UK Choral Cantorial Gems” Parts II
Presented by renowned Chazanut expert
David R Prager with Alex Klein, Director of the European Cantors Association

Register for this and other Cantors Assembly sessions here (new link)

And if you missed the three-parter international presentation on 10 dazzling cantors who graced the reading desks of UK synagogues, presented by the above pair, we expect the recording of the sessions, which each attracted over 250 people, to still be online shortly.

The next 'Conversations On Zoom' is on Tuesday February 23rd

A panel of faculty from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music,
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
including Cantor Azi Schwartz, Merri Arian
Cantor Jonathan Comisar
Joyce Rosenzweig
Dr Gordon Dale
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Engage in A Passover Conversation:
From Social Distance to Spiritual Connection - how to make socially distanced, but spiritually connected, Jewish music and worship

Zoom Log-in https://hcommons.org/groups/jewish-music-1255310724/events/conversation-on-zoom/  
also live streamed on the IFJMS YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXWueOMq-66z0vM2F5BxOug  

Visit the Forum’s website  https://jewishmusic.hcommons.org/ and scroll down to see how to join Forum’s Jewish Music Group

Liturgy in Lockdown Competition

The Covid-19 Lockdown has affected all of us in many ways. Not least in our relationship with music. 

Our ECA members include many composers and arrangers.  We are inviting – or challenging – those to contribute compositions they have specifically created during this period of enforced separation from our synagogues and communal life. 

We won't suggest too many "ground rules" but there should be a few.

1.     ECA is about cantorial music and, more generally, shul music.  We think this should therefore be about music for the liturgy, rather than art music or folk music per se.  Music that you foresee may be used in your services when we are all able to meet and pray communally once again, and which will then remind us in a way of this difficult but thankfully unique experience in our lifetime. 

2.     Original compositions and arrangements of other material would be fine.  Even if all you have is a melody, that's fine too. 

3.     Submission should be by PDF in the first instance.  Kindly do not send recordings. If you prefer to compose longhand, just make a scan copy of the music.

This is not a competition.  There are no prizes. ECA aims to publish on its website, everything received, subject to editing into a consistent format.  We have asked one or two of our colleagues with experience with computer music software to oversee this operation and if/when you submit something, they will contact you to discuss.

We hope you will find this a stimulating suggestion.

Please respond directly to Daniel Tunkel daniel.tunkel@cantors.eu 

"Breathtaking, evocative, exhilarating"
13th European Cantors Convention : 23-27 January 2020

Over forty people took part in our 'Bar Mitzvah' convention in Hannover, Germany, timed to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Hosted at the magnificent Villa Seligmann, the House of Jewish Music, the Hannover Orthodox Synagogue and by the Jewish Communities of Lower Saxony, the five day event featured participation from a glitterati of international cantors, the Moscow Male Jewish Choir and talks from local Rabbonim. An additional day took in visit to Bergen Belsen.

The convention showcased the diversity of cantorial art practised today - of Leib Glanz and Israel Alter to contemporary Chazzanim in Europe and the US. It took in special memorial events with the Hannover Jewish Community including the 'Night' Holocaust Oratorio on Holocaust Memorial Day, attended by 3500 people, and a moving visit to the site of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, now a place of memorial and reflection.

Thank you to everyone who came, and to their partners and synagogues for supporting them coming. And a special thank you to our distinguished lead Chazan, Cantor Asher Hainovitz of Jerusalem's Yeshurun Synagogue.

Full report from Warren Bank is here. Watch the 6 minute wrap video on Facebook

Check out the retrospective from our 12th Convention in Prague, November 2018


Our Magnified and Sanctified: The Music of Jewish Prayer II, the 2nd International Conference on Jewish Liturgical Music took place in September 2019 at
Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany.

A summary report of the first Academic Conference, in 2015, is here
The full report from the 2015 Academic Conference is here

Victor Tunkel 1933-2019 – A towering figure in Jewish music  

An appreciation from the European Cantors Association



Additional Resources:

JVocals is an innovative Israeli startup designed to boost the revival of Jewish music, with an emphasis on cantorial art.
For cantors who want to list and directly promote their services there are no registration fees:

Links to other cantorial-related sites

Shuls With A Cantor In The United Kingdom (please advise of any changes)

Layaning in English

About ECA:

ECA is an independent organisation, based on orthodox tradition and convention but open to all who are interested in the music of the synagogue and the role and art of the cantor.

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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.

Last Updated 26h February 2021