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Patrons: Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis; Cantor Naftali Herstik, Cantor Joseph Malovany

Wednesday 5 September at 8.30 pm

Reverends Moshe Korn, Charles Lowy, Pinchas Faigenblum, M H Taylor
Chair Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler

Those who grew up in the post war era will remember synagogue services which were led by a professionally trained cantorate, often accompanied by well-trained choristers. It was an era when Jewish liturgical music was dominated by the ‘Blue Book’ which encouraged a shared musical heritage where people knew the appropriate modes and chants for each occasion. In this session, just before the High Holidays, the grown-up children of the well-known cantors of that period will talk about their fathers and play some of their music.
Admission £3 including refreshments.
Pre-booking essential at

Booking is now open for the
12th European Cantors Convention

Wednesday 21 November to Sunday 25 November 2018

Once more the European Cantors Association has engaged
two of the world’s finest exponents

Cantor Naftali Herstik

Chief Cantor Emeritus of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem and founder and director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute. (TACI) (left)

Maestro Raymond Goldstein

senior teacher at the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and musical arranger at the Great Synagogue (right).  Maestro Goldstein’s name appears on more than 200 cantorial works, and over 2000 arrangements.

as tutors and mentors for four intense and stimulating days of discussion, study, masterclasses and more based on the main topic for 2018:

"Yamim Noraim - Combining the Traditional with the New".

Attending too will be the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute's superb young cantors – the future of the profession – who as a choir will again create a
Shabbat (Parashat Vayishlach) of glorious choral and cantorial music
in services and a gala concert in Prague’s most beautiful synagogues.











Grab the opportunity of touching the magic of Prague and TACI

Showcase your own talents and have expert help and guidance

Enjoy networking with colleagues from all over the world

Support and inspire young cantors from new emerging communities in Eastern Europe  

If you would like to make 20-minute presentation or suggest a topic for discussion at Convention send a proposal with details to:

This year the delegate fee is separate from food. Your delegate fee, lower than before (£195, Students £120) covers ECA costs of bringing the cantors and choir from Jerusalem to be our teachers and mentors. For delegates it covers all teaching sessions; morning and afternoon refreshments; concert; and walking tour of Jewish Prague. Shabbat meals @ £50 should be booked & paid for separately at the time of booking. Lunches may be purchased at the café on site. (If paid after 31 August the delegate fee will rise by £25).

(You may request a letter from ECA when booking that you can send to your Kehilla / Community or others to encourage their support for your attendance)

An opportunity not to be missed!

Accompanying guests are welcome to join the Shabbat programme and walking tour of Jewish Prague. (Shabbat meals for guests can be booked at the same time as booking for Convention Delegates)

(Even if you can’t attend yourself, you could make a donation to the European Cantors Association to support a young cantor to attend)

Organised and presented by
European Cantors Association ECA and ICJW, Czech Affiliate
supported by the Rabbinate and Federation of Jewish Communities of Czech Republic,
Jewish Museum Prague, Jewish Music Institute SOAS University of London 
and by individuals and trusts.

ECA is based on orthodox tradition and convention, and so the 2018 event will as usual follow this approach.
The Convention is however open to all who are interested in the music of the synagogue and the role and art of the cantor and thus we welcome cantors from other branches of Judiasm also.

Convention Registration Form & Accommodation details are here or email

There is also a special full programme from Friday to Sunday for partners of Cantors attending : details on this page

ECA Convenor and Conference Organiser, Alex Klein  Programme Coordinator, Hirsh Cashdan Hospitality Barbara Rosenberg
Prague Coordinators, Alice Gruenfeld-Vesela, Rabbi Dr Michael Dushinsky



ECA salutes Cantor Moshe Dubiner on his 60 years' continuous service to the cantorate in the UK.

David Koussevitsky Nusach Book Available

The Toronto Council of Hazzanim has released a compillation of nusach - a few pieces all hand written by David Koussevitsky (1912 - 1985) and given to Eli Kirshblum in 1963-1964 when he studied privately with him.

If anyone wants a copy, please send $30 USD payable to the Toronto Council of Hazzanim, c/o Cantor Kirshblum, 37 Southbourne Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 1A4, Canada.

Exploring the Power of Bible Cantillation in the Vernacular

An exciting experimental avenue. More here.

European Cantors On Twitter

Additional Resources:

<<<-- Cantor A M Himelstein Sheet Music Compilation Now Available

DVDs now available to buy from the 6th Cantors Convention in 2011

Links to other cantorial-related sites

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

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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.

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

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Last Updated 9th August 2018