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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 and enhances 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

Jonathan Bruhl, Joseph Ginges, Robert Green, Simon Levenston, Michael Lewis, David Politzer, Jackson Ryder, Yossi Samuell, Alex Walter, Adam Wasiel, Joshua Winestock

 

High Holiday Additional Choristers

David Brieger, Jesse van Proctor, David Spicer

 

Choirmaster

Justin Green became Choirmaster in 2018, and has sung in the choir since 2015. He has a Bachelor of Music Studies (Piano Performance) from 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.

 

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. For further reading on the history of the choir and music at The Great, click here.


Videos with Our Choir

Choir Videos. Great Voices

Choir Videos. Great Voices

 


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 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 Choirmaster Justin Green.

 

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

Sat, 19 September 2020 1 Tishrei 5781