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The Great Synagogue Choir


 

Great Voices

The Great Synagogue Choir enhances the beauty of the prayer service, and its weekly performances are considered one of the shule's highlights. You can hear the choir and our magnificent Chazzan, Rabbi Menachem Feldman sing every Shabbat morning, during the High Holidays and at other Festival evenings and mornings during the year. Other special choral services include the Law Service in February and Sefirat HaOmer (the evening service for the Counting of the Omer) during Pesach.
 

 

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Tradition & Repertoire

Our all-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). The current repertoire draws from classic and contemporary sources; liturgical composers from the 19th 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 decades.
 

Voices

Simon Alperstein, Joseph Ginges, Robert Green, Ezra Hersch, Jacques Klein, Jackson Ryder, Yossi Samuell, Gilad Serafim, Alex Walter, Joshua Winestock
 

High Holiday Additional Voices

Jonathan Bruhl, Jesse van Proctor, David Spicer
 

Choirmaster

Justin Green became Choirmaster in 2018. He has a Bachelor of Music Studies (Piano Performance) from the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney. As boys he and his brother Stuart sang with the North Shore Synagogue Choir under Simon Singer and Rev. Solly Goldberg.
 

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 the choral tradition. Until 1975 ours was a mixed choir, and has since been comprised of male voices only. For further reading on the history of the Choir and music at The Great, click here.

 

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Join the Choir!



The fellowship of the choir provides a safe, supportive and stimulating 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 all males (8 to 118) to sing with us; engaging through choral music builds 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 the Choirmaster.

 

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

Sat, 3 December 2022 9 Kislev 5783