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Closer to Israel 65 Parade - Trafalgar Square more pics 
Gefiltefest Jewish Food Festival - Golders Green, London - May 2013
Yom Ha'atzmaut 65 - Israel Independence Day - West London Synagogue Oneg - April 2013
Yom Ha'atzmaut 65 - Israel Independence Day - Kingston/Surbiton Synagogue - April 2013
Yom Ha'atzmaut 65 - Israel Independence Day - JCOSS School - Workshop and Assembly with Yrs 7,8,9

Chanukah Concert - The Castle, London - Dec 2012
Jacksons Row Synagogue, Manchester - Concert - Dec 2012
Chanukah Concert - The Castle, London - Dec 2012
Chanukah at Brent Cross for the JCC Jewish Community Centre - Dec 2012
West London Synagogue - Charity Concert for Norwood / WLS Eretz - Nov 2012 video
Gefiltefest - LJCC London - May 2012
Yom Ha'atzmaut Concert and Workshop - JCOSS School London - April 2012
Yom Ha'atzmaut - Kingston Synagogue - April 2012
Clayhall Synagogue Concert - March 2012
Purim - Barclays Wealth - London - March 2012
Sha'arei Tzedek Synagogue 50th Anniversary, Southgate - Feb 2012
Vortex Jazz Club - Jan 2012

Chanukah at Brent Cross for the JCC Jewish Community Centre - Dec 2011
Klezmer In The Park - Regents Park - Sept 2011 pics
Mill Hill Music Festival - June 2011
Clayhall Synagogue Concert - June 2011
West London Synagogue - Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel 63rd Independence Day) - May 2011
Edgware & District Reform Synagogue - Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel 63rd Independence Day) - May 2011
King Solomon School, Redbridge - Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel 63rd Independence Day) - May 2011
Oxford Jewish Community Concert - Feb 2011

Embassy of Poland - concert to promote Jewish/Polish relations - Dec 2010 article1 article2  letter
Jewish Care Chanukah party at new Golders Green campus - Dec 2010 
Sutton Synagogue - Chanukah 2010 photos and report
West London Synagogue - Ashk'farad Concert - Nov 2010 photos
International Jewish Music Festival, Amsterdam - Nov 2010 photos
Shir won the Mira Rafalowicz Prize for the Best Yiddish Song Performance
The Liberal Jewish Community of The Hague Synagogue - Den Haag - May 2010
(organised by International Jewish Music Festival, Holland) photos
Limmoed Amsterdam - Diemen, Holland - May 2010 www.limmoed.nl

Limmud Conference 09 - Univ of Warwick - Dec 09
Klezmer In The Park - Jewish Music Institute - Regents Park London  Sept 09 photos
Vlll Festival International de Musica Sefardi - Cordoba, Spain June 09
Casa Sefarad Concert  - Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain June 09
Pinner-Israel Action Group - in support of the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind
at Harrow Arts Centre June 09  
Belsize Square Synagogue Israel Dinner London May 09
Teatro Cervantes, Alcala De Henares, Spain May 09
Madrid Festival of Musica Infreguenta Feb 09

Kindertransport 70th Reunion - JFS London Nov 08
Madrid, Spain  - "Veranos de la Villa" - concert at the Templo de Debod Aug 08
Santander International Music Festival, Spain  - 4 Concerts Aug 08
Leeds International Festival July 08
Kerem School 60th Anniversary Party July 08
Salute To Israel - Trafalgar Square June 08
Theatro Cal Ninyo, San Boi Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain Apr 08
Maccabi GB 70th Gala - London Apr 08

Manresa, Spain - Fira Mediterranea World Music Festival Nov 07
Madrid Spain Veranos de la Villa" - concert at the Templo de Debod Aug 07 photos
Santander International Music Festival, Spain  - Concerts in Miengo and Escalante Aug 07
350th Anniversary Concert - Council of Christians and Jews
at Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool Feb 07
Olam Musika concert London Jewish Cultural CentreJan 07

Limmud Conference 06 Nottingham Dec 06
The London Jewish Male Choir 80th Anniversary Concert at St John Smith Sq London Dec 06
photos review
Simcha on a Saturday Night Sequel 2 - Finchley Reform Synagogue Nov 06
National Theatre - Watch This Space - London July 06
WIZO Chairman's Inaugural Dinner - London Mar 06
Holocaust Memorial Concert - Shoreditch Church Jan 06

Simcha on a Saturday Night Sequel 1  - Finchley Reform Synagogue Dec 05
Recording with The London Jewish Male Choir Sep 05
Resonance Radio broadcast with Mukka Jul 2005
Concert with Judith Silver, Jacksons Lane Jun 2005
Belsize Square Synagogue - Music Workshop Jun 2005
Royal Festival Hall Foyer Apr 2005
Limmud Newcastle - Concert and Klezmer Workshop Feb 2005

World Jewish Relief Annual Charity Dinner, Guildhall, London Dec 04
Simcha on a Saturday Night Sequel - Finchley Reform Synagogue Dec 04 review
Finchley Progressive Synagogue - ORT Charity Concert Dec 04 read review
Concert with The London Jewish Male Choir Arts Depot, North Finchley Dec 2004
Trafalgar Square - Summer 2004 Festival July 2004
(featured on BBC London News) photos
Music Festival Concert Jun 2004
Concert with Judith Silver, Jacksons Lane Jun 2004
Leo Baeck College Graduation Jun 2004 Festival Hall Foyer Jun 2004
Israel Independence Day JIA Radlett Apr 2004

Holocaust Memorial Day Concert LSE London Jan 2004
Leo Baeck College Graduation Ceremony London Jan 2004

Limmud Conference Concert Nottingham Dec 2003
Rosh HaShana/Succot Concert Arts Depot at The Bull Theatre Barnet Oct 2003
Labour Friends of Israel at the Labour Party Conference Bournemouth Sep 2003
Jewish Arts Festival - Concert  London East End  Jan 2003
Leo Baeck College Graduation Ceremony London Jan 2003

2002 The National Theatre Outdoors Festival South Bank, London Jul 2002
Biblical Food Festival  Concert at the Old Court House, St. Albans, Herts May 2002
Holocaust Memorial Day - Enfield Civic Centre Jan 2002

2001 British Jewish Music Network (BJMN) Education Day (Concert and Workshop)
SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies) London Nov 2001
Folk In The Fall - Royal Festival Hall Nov 2001
Manchester Jewish Arts Festival  Concert at Lowry Centre  Sep 2001
Jewish Culture Day at Millennium Dome Jun 2001
Holocaust Exhibition (Architect’s private viewing)  at Imperial War Museum Mar 2001

Jewish Arts Festival at theBull Theatre, Barnet Jun 2000
Chai Lifeline Charity Fundraiser at Hendon Reform Synagogue Mar 2000 Performances at Royal Festival Hall Foyer Sunday Lunchtime Concert series and at the National Theatre Foyer
Concerts at the New North London Synagogue with the New North London Choir.

Shir has also had the pleasure and privilege of accompanying many fine singers including Chaim Topol (the original Fiddler On The Roof), and many fine Chazanim including Moshe Haschel, Shimon Kremer, Avrumi Freilach, Stephen Leas, and Steven Robbins.

The band performed at the wedding of TV personality Esther Rantzen and the late Desmond Wilcox, and also at the engagement party of the daughter of the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks.

Shir’s music was also featured on Carlton Television’s Star Lives and our performance in Trafalgar Square was featured on BBC London News (pics)


Concert at Finchley Progressive Synagogue

Shir Delight

Moving easily between contemporary Israeli popular music and much loved Klezmer and Ladino music, and not forgetting traditional melodies familiar to us all, in and out of synagogue, “Shir” energetically shook us out of our customary winter torpor on Sunday 19 December.

Led by Maurice Chernick on clarinet, Ivor Goldberg (guitar), Piotr Jordan (violin) and Steve Rose (bass), transported us “im wasser un’ feuer “ to the shtetls of Central and Eastern Europe and urged us to “Lech LaMidbar”, Go to the Desert!  Whilst Laoise Davidson accompanied us on our visit to the shtetl, it was our own Debbie Rosenberg who sinuously took us on our journey to the burning south.

Listening to “Bei Mir bist du Shein”, one couldn’t help but be struck by the close relationship between Klezmer and Jazz, helped undoubtedly by the Django Rheinhardt accents of Ivor Goldberg’s guitar and the Stephane Grapelli accents of Piotr Jordan’s violin. Some of Klezmer’s roots lie in the gypsy musical culture of South East Europe and Django Rheinhardt’s jazz playing was always strongly marked by his own gypsy background. For those erstwhile fans of the “Hot Club de France”, this was a most enjoyable bonus.

As Maurice Chernick points out in his notes to “Shir”’s CD, “From the Heart”, Klezmer music is about joy and this “Shir” provided generously and richly, prompting members of the audience to leave their seats and dance in the aisles. Sweet vocals, too, from Laosia Davidson, Maurice Chernick and Ivor Goldberg.

As the Israel Committee went through a period of doubt in its efforts to bring  “SHIR” to FPS, it was most gratifying to be able to issue a cheque to ORT for £127, from the proceeds, to be used for Israeli projects, more particularly Ethiopian children in need.

As I wrote this, Shirs Ivor Goldberg passed on their thanks for our hospitality and the very warm reception we gave them. They look forward to playing for us again some time.

John Norman / Lilian Gelnick  


Holland May 2010

Photos from our Holland "tour" - May 2010
The concert took place in the beautiful and inspiring 300 year old synagogue of the
Liberal Jewish Community of The Hague (Den Haag)

with Ken Gould founder of
International Jewish Music Festival, Holland


Concert at Sutton Synagogue

Celebrating Chanukah with Shir

An effusion of happy spirits pervaded the atmosphere at Sutton Shul’s Chanukah celebrations last Sunday night. 108 tickets were booked and 92 people attended, a good turnout given the treacherous icy roads. Within, all was warmth and joy. Rev Meir Lev opened the musical evening with the traditional lighting of the Chanukah candles and led us in a beautiful rendition of the blessings and songs, sensitively accompanied by the Shir Quartet’s clarinet, violin, guitar and double bass

After that, we were whisked off to Israel for a delightful medley of Chanukah classics, such as, “Mi Yemalel Gvurot Yisrael?” “Ner Li, Ner Li, Ner Li Dakik,” “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov,” to name a few. Then we were transported by Shir magic to other lands and past ages, drinking in evocative Yiddish and Ladino songs, Klezmer and Ladino melodies that ranged from exuberant Simcha to haunting loss.

Having replenished our souls, we were greeted in the hall by tables laden with a splendid array of food: bridge rolls, fish, falafel, crudités, cake, doughnuts, cookies, sweets and hot and cold drinks. An army of ladies had worked all Sunday morning to prepare the feast for which we were very grateful. It was the perfect opportunity to see friends too.

Afterwards, we returned for the second half of the concert. Shir’s virtuosity is truly impressive, including Flamenco and songs from Ladino and Yiddish. My personal favourite is the Middle Eastern song “Shecharchoret” translated from Ladino into Hebrew and famous in Israel, which features on their new CD Ashk’farad, a fusion of Ashkenazi and Sephardi music. Shir, is a nationally acclaimed Quartet whose work is well worth listening to on their website at www.shirmusic.co.uk

If you were there you will still be feeling happy from a memorable evening of fantastic atmosphere and beautiful music. Our heartfelt thanks go to Rica Infante and the team of helpers from the Sutton Synagogue Functions Committee ( SFC ) and to all the many people who worked so hard to make this lovely evening a resounding success. Kol Hakavod to you all and above all to our visionary Rica Infante, who declared war on the snow and ice with her indomitable grit!

Report by Barbara Saunders  


Sutton photos by David Heller

Shir plays at the first ever klezmer concert at the Polish Embassy, London

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