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Our Choir & Music

 

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Great Voices

The Great Synagogue Choir is one of the highlights of our shule, accompanying the world-class artistry of our Chazzan, Rev. Joshua Weinberger and enhancing the beauty of the prayer service. You can hear us every Shabbat morning, during the High Holidays and at other festival evenings and mornings during the year. Special choral services include: the Law Service in February, Sefirat HaOmer (the choral service for the Counting of the Omer) during Pesach, and weddings where requested.

 

Tradition

Our male choir follows the unique tradition of western Jewish choral music, especially as it developed in Britain and Australia, creating a modern and specifically Australian expression of Minhag Anglia (the English liturgical style and custom). Our current repertoire draws from classic and contemporary sources. Liturgical composers from the nineteenth century such as Lewandowski, Sulzer, Naumbourg and Mombach can be heard alongside Alman, Rosenblatt, Herstik, Glass, Finkelstein and Goldstein. Our own cantors, choirmasters and choristers have also contributed their own arrangements of traditional pieces over the years.

 

Our Singers

Ronan Davis, Joseph Ginges, Robert Green, Liam Kinney, John Lenn, Simon Levenston, Michael Lewis, Jackson Ryder, Alex Walter, Joshua Winestock, Brendan Zlatkis, David Politzer, Benajmin Saffir, Adam Wasiel

 

High Holiday Additional Choristers

David Brieger, Jesse van Proctor, David Spicer, Oliver Shermacher

 

Choirmaster

Justin Green has been choirmaster since 2018, and has sung in our choir since 2015. He recently completed a Bachelor of Music Studies (Piano Performance) at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. As boys, he and his brother Stuart sang in the North Shore Synagogue choir, with Simon Singer, Reverend Solly Goldberg and Cantor Daniel Sloman. With Reverend Weinberger and Rabbi Elton, Justin is dedicated to continuing the living traditions of Synagogue music, and making them known to new generations of choristers and congregants.

 

History

The Great Synagogue has enjoyed a choral service since it was founded in 1878. Rabbi Francis Lyon Cohen, Chief Minister from 1905 to 1934 was also a distinguished musicologist who had a major impact on our choral tradition. Until 1975 it was a mixed choir, and since then it has been comprised of male voices only.


Join the Choir

The fellowship of the choir provides a unique environment in which you can sing regularly and develop your musicianship. If you can read music, that is an advantage; if you can’t read music but have other musical strengths, you can certainly find a place in our choir.

We encourage pre-Barmitzvah boys to sing with us; engaging through music will help them gain confidence and familiarity with our tradition from a unique perspective.

 

Rehearsal

Wednesdays 18:30 - 20:30

High Holiday rehearsals are slightly longer and commence after Shavuot.

If you think you have what it takes to join us, please contact the Shule to arrange a meeting with Reverend Weinberger and Choirmaster Justin Green.

 

Contact: 9267 2477 or josh@greatsynagogue.org.au


 

Sun, 26 May 2019 21 Iyar 5779