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.
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"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