The History of Synagogue Music in London

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The Jewish communities of London have a rich musical-liturgical history, stretching back to the mid-17th century. This lecture will consider some of the main musical developments since then, beginning with the Sephardi and Ashkenazi synagogues which stood practically side-by-side in the City of London for 250 years. 

We will examine the birth of the Anglo-Jewish choral tradition, the split with the Reform movement and its musical consequences, and the new music brought more recently by immigrants from Eastern Europe and Arab lands.

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This event was on Tue, 08 Jun 2021


Chazan Eliot Alderman

Eliot is a freelance synagogue musician, much in demand as a choirmaster and Cantor at synagogues and Jewish communities across the UK and beyond.

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