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 composers' original settings.
Our repertoire also includes Israeli and Yiddish popular songs.
To fulfil these aims the Choir performs 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, in order to educate and to improve public interest in and knowledge of the art of Jewish Cantorial music.
The Choir endeavours to raise funds to promote the above aims and for charitable causes within the community.
The Choir is a registered Small Charity for tax purposes in line with Paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 Finance Act 2010.
The Choir operates a Gift Aid scheme and can receive charity vouchers as donations
Our members are drawn from synagogue
and other Jewish choirs in Greater London and soloists include several chazanim, notably
David Shine, formerly at the North Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue and David Rome, the Minister and Chazan of the Catford and Bromley United Synagogue.
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 Musical Director 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.
We have sung with guest chazanim
including the world famous Tel-Aviv based Cantor Chayim Adler and other international
Cantors, Benjamin Muller from Antwerp,Yitzchak Meir Helfgot of Ashdod, Issachar Helman of
Basle, Switzerland, Shmuel Barzilai of Vienna Austia, Benjamin Chait of Saarbrucken Germany and the late Moshe Schulhof z"l of Miami USA. We have also been associated with many UK based guest Chazanim
including Avromi Freilich, Dov Speier, Gedalya and Adrian Alexander , Henry Black, Jonathan
Murgraff, Geoffrey Shisler and Albert Chait.