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Early-bird booking ends 30th November for the
13th European Cantors Convention

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PROGRAMME (Subject To Change)

NOW EXTENDED : Thursday 23 (13:00) – Tuesday 28 January 2020 (15:00 hrs)
Hosted at Villa Seligmann, Hannover – The House of Jewish Music

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The European Cantors Convention will take place at the splendid Villa Seligmann – the House of Jewish Music (pictured right)

Image result for Eliah Sakakushev-von BismarckArtistic Director Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck says: From the Renaissance to the present, we focus on the synagogue and vocal music, the culture of commemoration and the universality of music. It is an exciting task to express the complexity of Jewish life. It is worthwhile to come to Hannover from the other side of the world. With the language of music, you can overcome great distances, build bridges and reconcile people.   

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The Jewish Community of Hannover

Jews have lived in Hannover since the 13th century. In 1930, as now, Hannover was home to one of the ten largest Jewish communities in Germany.

Its first synagogue was constructed in 1703 in a backyard not visible to the general public. In 1870, a grand new synagogue was established in close vicinity to the main churches of Hannover and became a symbol of self-confidence and recognition of the city’s Jews.

The main synagogue and several others were destroyed in a rage of violence and attack on Kristallnacht. After the war, concentration camp survivors – including 66 native Hanoverians – returned to re-establish the Jewish community, including a Jewish school and community centre.

In 1963, a new synagogue was built, and the Hannover Jewish community has grown to more than 5,000 members – and a panoply of institutions and communal services. During recent years, the community life has developed considerably, in particular in the areas of youth, culture, social and elderly work. The membership continues to grow.

There is a memorial museum in Hannover that we shall visit, as well as a visit to the Parliament of Lower Saxony.

A special Hannover institution is the European Centre for Jewish Music at the University of Music and Drama that that maintains a significant research centre and which also jointly presented the ECA International Academic Conference Magnified and Sanctified 2 on the music of Jewish prayer, from 9 – 12 September 2019.


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Supported by the Jewish Music Institute and the
Teitelbaum/Glansberg Family in honour of Estelle Teitelbaum Slomovitz

The Teitelbaum/Glansberg Family wishes to honour Estelle Teitelbaum Slomovitz, 90, a lifelong supporter of Yiddish culture and Cantorial music. 
Her motto was that "we need to take responsibility to properly support and maintain this vital part of Jewish life and worship.  This represents hundreds of years of thriving Jewish life in Europe and we need to preserve it for generations to come"

Last Updated 3rd November 2019