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Our Choir & Music

The Great Synagogue Choir is one of the highlights of our service. They sing every Shabbat and on the first day of every Festival, as well as all the High Holidays. They also sing at special services including Selichot, Sefirat HaOmer and the Law Service. They are available to sing at weddings. Their repertoire has grown over the years. It is a combination of classic pieces, contemporary compositions, music by famous composers and arrangements by our own choirmasters and choristers. That creates a unique choral tradition we are sure you will enjoy.


 

Robert Teicher
The present choirmaster, Robert Teicher, has performed as a solo classical pianist and singer for over 30 years with a repertoire of Yiddish, Hebrew and English songs. He trained for many years with Raymond Myers, Werner Baer, Donald Shanks and Florence Taylor.

Robert has been with the Synagogue choir as bass soloist since 1985 and has been choirmaster and organist since 1995, re-arranging some choral pieces and composing new works specifically for the choir, as well as resurrecting ‘old favourites’. His mentors in developing choral arrangements and conducting skills were Werner Baer and Tommy Tycho, giants in Australian music history. Robert has sung in several Sydney Opera House productions. His main musical influence was his father, Dan Tudor (David Teicher), an opera star and leading bass soloist with the Israeli National Opera (1951-1995), the Rumanian National Opera (1949-1951) and Russia’s Kiev Opera House (1947-1949); in Israel, he made several recordings for Kol Israel Radio.

In 1999, Robert sang in the Capitol Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady, which starred Anthony Warlow. ‘Doing eight shows a week for several months,’ Robert says, ‘ and watching Anthony from the wings and on stage was a great experience.’ Robert conducted the Waverley-Randwick Philharmonic for five years and for 14 presented The Jewish Week on 89.7 Eastside radio, interviewing many famous international and local personalities including Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Victor Borge, Tommy Tycho, Simon Wiesenthal, Gottfried Wagner and Alan Dershowitz.

He also dabbles in film directing and one of his short films won second prize at a Fox Studios film competition in 2003. One of the key ‘actors’ in this film was Shlomo Weinstein, an excellent chazan and tenor, who sang at the Great for over 30 years and who originally inspired Robert to join the Synagogue choir.

Sun, 18 February 2018 3 Adar 5778