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Book Now : European Cantors Association's 14th Cantors Convention
Budapest, Hungary, 2nd - 7th November 2022

Back after the pandemic, European Cantors is staging its 14th Convention, returning in 2022 to Budapest - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this time based at the beautifully restored Rumbach Street Synagogue (pictured) which is celebrating its 150th Anniversary

A gathering for all those who love the music of Jewish prayer

Our theme is 'Invigorating Nusach for the 21st Century'

Join with like-minded people to share knowledge and experience, gain new insights and material, build personal networks, make new friends and sing together.

Renowned cantors, choirs and Jewish music experts from the UK, Europe, Israel and the US, across the spectrum of Jewish worship, will lead sessions and entertain us with their music.

In partnership with the Federation of the Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ), Lowell Milken Center for Music of the American Jewish Experience UCLA, UK Jewish Music Institute and SOAS University of London, we present a memorable and wholly delightful experience.

Our faculty this year includes:

Cantors Asher Hainovitz (Jerusalem), Benny Rogosnitzky (New York), Beny Maissner (Toronto), Deborah Katchko Gray (Ridgefield, USA),
Jeremiah Lockwood (New York), Natan Baram (Los Angeles) and Isidoro Abramowicz (Berlin). Professor Mark Kligman (Los Angeles) plus Choirs and Choirmasters : Jonny Greenstein (Israel), Alan Freedman (London) and Alexander Tsaliuk (Moscow).

Session highlights include:
  • the Hungarian Cantorial and Choral Traditions
  • panels with eminent cantors on the importance (or otherwise) of Nusach in the 21st Century
  • how to teach Nusach and maintain its framework in a world which celebrates diversity and new approaches.   
  • what the Pandemic has taught us in creating Ruach in our communities and connecting with Kehillot in ways previously not thought about.  
  • two sessions on the Katchko-Alter nusach, led by cantors intimately connected with that mode
  • a special session on the Sunday morning, which will focus on correlation between the text and music of the Tefillah.

There will also be two new features this year….  

  • delegates have the opportunity to sign up for a Creative Choral Ensemble of their choice - featuring topics from ancient music to new compositions - for a performance created in workshops through the Convention 
  • lunchtime recitals featuring soloists, choirs and an orchestra. 

….plus the usual regulars of Masterclasses with signature cantors, the Open Mic,
a full programme of daily and Shabbat services, networking, and the Gala Concert on the last evening of the Convention.

Convention fees for all delegates £245 (£145 for students)
Accompanying guests and choir members £125

Accommodation is not included

The registration form is here. Send when complete to convention@cantors.eu

The working programme (subject to change) is here



Alex Klein, ECA Director, writes:

With all the doom and gloom going on in the world, for which we pray for peace, let us share with you a little light – the next European Cantors Convention.

Called: ‘Invigorating Nusach for the 21st Century’, this is planned for Wednesday 2 to Monday 7 November 2022 at the magnificent and recently refurbished Rumbach Synagogue, Budapest Hungary, in conjunction with the Hungarian Jewish Community.

There will be study sessions, masterclasses, and joyous singing and praying together in harmony with open mike opportunities. There will be a Gala concert on the evening of Sunday 6 November.

Convention ends on Monday morning with an optional tour of Jewish Budapest and visit to a famous spa.

Over the last few years, we have all seen huge changes taking place in how we look at life surrounding our synagogues. Online services, concerts and programmes have uplifted, inspired and connected people wherever they live as never before. With the popularity of Zoom we have more choices available and the ability to visit congregations around the world virtually.

What we have witnessed, week in and week out, is that the public want and need tradition and music in their prayers. Cantors have been the heroes, coming up with innovative ideas to keep services fresh, sustain interest and keep communities together.

We at ECA have made many new friends across the ether, widening our horizons. Zoom has given everyone from the many branches of Judaism the opportunity to join together to look at Jewish worship and the best way it can be expressed.

The Convention is open to everyone, and we encourage not only cantors, but rabbis and synagogue lay leaders and congregants also to participate and to taste the joy of the atmosphere for which ECA is renowned. We hope you will all join us in Budapest.

The registration form is here

We have moved our archive of material from 2020 and 2021, including our two series of Voice of the Cantor and the many other programmes we ran over Zoom during the pandemic.
They will be linked to view shortly.

 
 

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' extolling value of Jewish Music

- reprised

We have republished a video featuring late Chief Rabbi of the UK and the Commonwealth, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks extolling the virtues of Jewish Music at the 25th Anniversary of the Jewish Music Institute in 2010.

The video is here.

"To me music is the most spiritual form of expression that exists Music was absolutely essential to Jewish spirituality" he says. "Words are the language of the mind – but music is the language of the soul".

He talks about nusach : "...you know exactly when and what kind of literature you are listening to, simply from listening to the music When we move from the secular to the spiritual – words take wings through music".

"How do we make Judaism live for a new generation – that answer is, we have to make it sing. If it has no music, no emotional contact, if there is no music – you can’t hand it on."


Additional Resources:

 

Links to other cantorial-related sites

Shuls With A Cantor In The United Kingdom
(please advise of any changes)

Layaning in English

About ECA:

ECA is an independent organisation, based on orthodox tradition and convention but open to all who are interested in the music of the synagogue and the role and art of the cantor.

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ECA was officially launched on 2 July 2012 at the 7th Annual European Cantors' Convention Manchester UK 2 - 5 July 2012,
by Cantor Joseph Malovany of the 5th Avenue Synagogue New York.


Cantor Malovany is also Professor of Liturgical Music at Yeshiva University and co-Director of the Moscow Academy for Liturgical Music.


Last Updated 22nd September 2022