Rev. Reuben Turner
The London Cantorial Singers were
formed by Ian Lyons in 1995, in order to promote and perpetuate his love of traditional
liturgical music, which is vanishing into obscurity from today's synagogue services.
The aim of the Choir is to perform synagogue music, once popular but now rarely
heard, as far as possible in the composer's original settings.
was originally directed by David Hilton and subsequently by Michael Simon, Chazan
of the Edgware Yeshurun Synagogue. In 1997 the baton passed to our present conductor
David Druce. David has over 40 years experience of Jewish choral singing. For
12 years he was the conductor of the Belmont Synagogue Choir and in 2005 became
choirmaster of Wembley United Synagogue.
Our members are drawn from synagogue
and other Jewish choirs in Greater London and include several chazanim, notably
David Shine, formerly from North Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue and David Rome
part time Chazan of Ilford United Synagogue.
We have sung with guest chazanim
including the world famous Tel-Aviv based Cantor Chayim Adler and other international
Cantors, Benjamin Muller from Antwerp and Cantors Helfgot, Ashdod and Helman of
Basle, Switzerland. We have also been associated with many UK based guest Chazanim
including Avromi Freilich, Dov Speier, Gedalya Alexander , Henry Black, Jonathan
Murgraff and Geoffrey Shisler
We have performed across the whole range of
Jewish events including concerts, musical evenings, Selichot and Sefirah services,
full chazan-choral Shabbat services, Weddings, Bat Chayil and Bar Mitzvah services.
Our repertoire also includes Israeli and Yiddish popular songs.