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

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

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


Following the successful evening ‘My father, the cantor’ last year, Edgware United Synagogue held another cantorial evening in mid September chaired by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler, where the well known chazanim of the post war- era were remembered by their families through personal stories and reminiscences and who then played their cantorial pieces in some rare recordings. Here is the YouTube recording of the evening.

All the cantors had a deep understanding of the tefilot and nusach. The session covered the wonderful selichot services at Central Synagogue by Simon Hass (Stuart Hass, son); the incredible talent of Jonny Gluck (Nathan Gluck, brother); the dramatic tenor voice of Yehudah Landenberg (son Avi); the big baritonal voice of Morris Katanka (grandson Shlomo); and his love of chazzanut which he passed onto his son, Rabbi David Katanka (son Shlomo).

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)

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 16th February 2020