Book Launched 6th October:
Encyclopaedia of British Jewish Cantors,
Chazanim, Ministers and Synagogue Musicians:
their history and culture.
The European Cantors Association staged the International Launch of Michael Jolles’s
Encyclopaedia of British Jewish Cantors, Chazanim, Ministers and Synagogue Musicians: their history and culture on October 6th.
This book is a major contribution to the knowledge of cantors and ministers who have served British Jewish communities in a musical capacity over the centuries from 1656 to the present day. After ten years of dedicated research, Dr Michael Jolles has produced a remarkable volume of material never assembled in one place before. It includes much information that is not available in any other publication.
Notable quotes from the international launch are :
“Singing is so essential as part of our davening….Imagine someone reading a Beatles song without the music.
When the Chazan begins to sing it transforms us. There is no talking to G-d, only singing”.
Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum; Dean London School of Jewish Studies.
“A publication of the this breadth and depth is so significant for Jewish Music. We need to have one of these for US cantors”.
Professor Mark Kligman, Professor of Musicology, and Director of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience, UCLA
“Cantors are a crucial part of Jewish history and yet comprise the thinnest, glimmering thread of actual scholarship.
The Jolles book adds to a now-wonderful blossoming of scholarship on the cantorate.”
Cantor Matt Austerklein, PhD Scholar, Halle-Wittenberg University, Germany.
To watch the recording of the event go here. To listen to a podcast of the event go here. To download the book (which is free of charge) go here.
FIVE DAZZLING UK CANTORS - 5TH OCTOBER
A presentation by cantorial expert David Prager and ECA Director Alex Klein on '5 Dazzling UK Cantors' in junction with Edgware United Synagogue was a hit with an international audience and many engaged participants
If you missed the event, it's recorded here
Robert Brody's favourite Yamim Noraim Melodies
For those who may have missed it, here is the presentation by Robert Brody on August 31st of his favourite Yamim Noraim melodies
in a presentation hosted by Edgware United Synagogue
ECA has received many plaudits for
our first 'Voice of the Cantor' series, which ran from March to July. This first series ran over 11 sessions and covered a number of contemporary issues for the cantorate today. You can catch up with the first series here.
If you didn't manage to attend a service online for First Night Selicos this year, here's a catch up of a diverse sample:
Recorded live on June 8th.