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Maurice Chernick (Clarinet, Vocals, Piano)
was born in Manchester and grew up in Liverpool.

He has been playing the clarinet since the age of 12 and is a graduate (BA Music) of University College, Cardiff.

Maurice has worked extensively as a musician and actor in theatre and TV, composing music and lyrics, has written several musicals including A Midsummer Nights Dream and Trojan Women, and was Director of the New North London Choir for 13 years.

He taught music at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet from 1985 to 89 and was Head of Music at Southgate School for 16 years until July 05.
Maurice currently teaches music up to 'A' level at The Henrietta Barnett School in northwest London, where he also runs an orchestra, choir, wind band and jazz band. 
He is currently working on a new musical for the stage, "Persephone - A Love Story", together with Diane Samuels, writer of Kindertransport.


Ivor Goldberg (Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Bouzouki,
Cumbus, Vocals) grew up in North West London, emigrated to Israel as a teenager and went on to serve in the Israeli Army in the Southern Command Entertainments Troupe. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston, U.S.A.) and has been a professional musician in London since 1984. Ivor has written music for numerous TV programs and adverts 

and has played in a variety of settings – recording sessions with the late Dusty Springfield, and Jazz fusion with Shakatak and Roadside Picnic. He has also played with Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers.

Ivor is an experienced music teacher, was Music Director at the London Music School, taught Composition, Performance and Aural Training at the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM) and currently teaches at Henrietta Barnet School and Brooklands School, Hampstead.
He is the director of Rock United - a holiday and after-school Rock band workshop for young and adult musicians.



Piotr Jordan
(Violin, Viola)
was born and brought up in Lodz, Poland and started playing the violin at age 6. After studying at the Warsaw Conservatory he moved to Prague.

He has lived and worked in England as a professional violinist since 1994 playing in numerous bands in a variety of styles ranging from Hot Club Jazz to Gaelic to Hungarian Gypsy music.

Piotr performs on recording sessions and is a full-time tutor at the East London Late Starters Orchestra (ELLSO).
Piotr is a founding member of the Amber players and leader of Dunajska Kapelye, a Gypsy/Balkan group.

 


Steve Rose (Acoustic Bass, Piano, Melodica, Percussion)
was born in England and is a Performing Arts graduate of Middlesex University
An accomplished pianist as well as bassist, he has worked with top names in the Jazz, Pop and World Music areas.
He is a member of the
Jonathan Gee Trio with whom he has recorded 3 albums, has accompanied Jazz greats Joe Lovano and Benny Golson, and has performed at Jazz Festivals all over Europe. As a Composer he has written music for film and TV and has composed and played for leading contemporary dance companies such as London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Amici, The David Glass Ensemble and Candoco.
He has recently worked as Musical Director at the Royal Opera House working with autistic people and members of the orchestra.


Ronen Kozokaro (Percussion)
Ronen was born in Arad, Israel to Libyan and Romanian parents, and has played drums since age 9. He studied music at Arad Conservatory and at Rimon School of Music and played with Israeli greats Yaffa Yarkoni, Shoshana Damari, and Arik Lavi before moving to London in 1997.
Ronen is principal accompanist at the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Central School of Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and most recently Matthew Bournes New Adventures.
In 2006 he completed a
MA in Audio Technology from Thames Valley University.
He has performed and recorded with Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers,
Stewart Curtis' K-Groove, Hilda Bronstein and Cantor Norman Fallach-Cohen.

Ronen's compositional commissions for dance groups and installations include works in Italy, Germany, Hong Kong and UK.

 


Shir at the Sephardic Music Festival - Cordoba, Spain

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