Welcome! This website has been created in response to the development of klezmer music ensemble teaching in the Music Department at the The University of Manchester. We are keen to celebrate, explore and research the cultures of klezmer music performance, teaching and study in the Northwest of England. As far as we’re aware, the university’s Michael Kahan Kapelye is the only assessed student klezmer performance ensemble in the UK – please tell us if there are any more!
We are hoping to develop our research as the ensemble grows and develops from year to year, and are keen to develop both cultural and musical community contexts for our students, thus enabling them to learn and develop their understanding of Jewish cultures and the worlds of klezmer music.
As part of of this, we have opened up the website to enable the promotion of klezmer and related musical events – see our diary- and local northwest musicians – see our band listings. Please contact us if you would like to add any klezmer events to our diary.
Ros Hawley & Richard Fay
Site admin: Frances O’Rourke