May 5, 2011, 4:04 AM
During the weekend of the 4th and 5th June, as part of KlezFest Caravan, Polina Shepherd will be leading a Yiddish singing workshop in Norwich.
Yiddish singing workshop in Norwich 4-5 June
All singers are welcome and no ability to read music or speak a foreign language is required. Polina is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network whose teachers believe that everyone can sing and that nobody should be excluded from making music.
Polina’s specially developed choral teaching methods are based on ornamentation and modal experimentation with attention to spiritual and emotional sides of musical creativity and also history and context of choral material. For Jewish music based choral workshops, she teaches Hassidic Nigunim – the age old songs without words (originally, the term refers to religious songs and tunes that are sung by groups) and Yiddish songs.
Held at the St Thomas Church Hall, Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3RL, the workshop runs from 3-5.15 pm on Saturday 4th June, and from 10am-4pm on Sunday 5th June. Cost for the workshop is £45, or £18 for Saturday only and £35 Sunday only. Light refreshments are included. Tickets for the evening performance at the same venue on 4th June, given by Polina and Merlin Shepherd, are £5 if booked with the workshop (£10 on the door otherwise).
To book a place or for further information, please contact:
Jane Wallace - tel. 01603 505215, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is supported by the Jewish Music Institute.
KlezFest was created by the Jewish Music Institute in 2010. This outreach programme fulfils the need expressed by a wide public to know more about and participate in traditional Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance.
Born in Siberia, Polina Shepherd (Skovoroda) learned music as a child around the family table. Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Russia’s first klezmer band for 60 years, Simcha. She soon became the principal Yiddish choir leader of the former Soviet Union, composing original material for large groups of voices and touring internationally with her Quartet Ashkenazim. Now an internationally renowned singer of Russian and Yiddish song, she performs with an explosive mixture of powerful rhythm and profound melodies. Traditional yet modern, she brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul.
(This post was edited by Abi Gezunt on May 8, 2011, 3:37 PM)