Manchester Klezmer Day

There’s still time to come to Manchester Klezmer Day this weekend. With a music session in the basement at Mono in Chorlton on Friday night and then it’s over to St Matthew’s in Stretford on Saturday 19 Sept for a day of workshops for musicians and then a fantastic Klezmer Keilidh in the evening.

Susi Evans (clarinet), Josie Wexler (fiddle), Frances O’Rourke (piano accordion) and Judith Plowman (dance leader) are looking forward to welcoming you all.



Klezmer Around the World

Upcoming festivals and workshops around the world.

KlezKanada is now taking bookings. The week long festival of workshops, concerts and events takes place 17-23 August 2015 out in the sticks near Montreal.

Yiddish Summer Weimar is a series of concerts, workshops, sessions and events taking place in Germany from 18 July until 16 August.

In London, KlezFest is back after a hiatus. Taking place at SOAS from 18-21 August.

01 December 4pm – Suitcase 1983, Liverpool Street Station

Jewish Music InstituteJewish Music Institute and Musical Director Max Reinhardt to perform as a special guest in the show Suitcase 1938 at Liverpool Street Station. An original mix of site-specific promenade theatre and music which marks the arrival of the Kindertransport in Britain. This is alongside violinist Sophie Solomon and folk singer Sam Lee. particularly special for me as my Grandmother came to the UK on the Kindertransport from Vienna in 1938.

Michael Grade becomes joint President of The Jewish Music Institute!

(copied from the JMI announcement)

The Jewish Music Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of

Michael Grade as Joint President. Lord Grade will join Lady Valerie
Solti as Co-Joint President, stepping into the shoes of her friend, the
late Leo de Rothschild.

Michael Grade has a long and distinguished career in broadcasting,
encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV, as well as over
nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television.  He is
non-executive Chairman of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios. In May
2004 he was appointed Chairman of the BBC, succeeding Gavyn Davies,
resigning in November 2006 when his appointment as Executive Chairman of
ITV was announced.  In January 2011 he became the Tory Peer, Lord Grade
of Yarmouth.

Lord Grade said “Since becoming involved with the Jewish Music
Institute, I have come much closer to the music which is at the heart of
Jewish culture. I have been really surprised how relevant the range of
musical influences is to today’s music lovers, Jewish or gentile. I am
honoured to have been invited to become Joint President with Lady Solti.”

Lady Solti added “Michael Grade has lived his whole life in the
entertainment world.  His relationships, knowledge and profile in this
area are second to none and I’m thoroughly looking forward to working
with him in our joint pursuit of JMI’s aims.”

Artistic Director Sophie Solomon said “We are so excited to welcome Lord
Grade and look forward to harnessing his enthusiasm and energies to
bring the inspiring work of the Jewish Music Institute to an
ever-increasing audience.”