UK's Zemel Choir plans Israel tour

The Zemel Choir will mix 19th century works with Lennon and McCartney.

Zemel choir 88 248 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Zemel choir 88 248
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Zemel Choir, a leading mixed-voice Jewish choir from the UK, will return to Israel in March, with concerts scheduled in Ra'anana, Karmiel and Rishon Lezion. Under Musical Director Benjamin Wolf, the choir performs a wide range of music in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino, written by composers from all around the world. The Zemel Choir performs regularly in London to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, has been on the BBC and recently released an album of Jewish choral music. On its Israel tour, the choir, accompanied by British cantor Robert Brody, expects to sing synagogue music by 19th century composers Lewandowski and Sulzer, works by Israeli composers such as Gil Aldema and Yehezkel Braun, American music by Copland and Tom Lehrer, liturgical and folk music by British composers, and lighter numbers by the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach. The choir, which was established in 1955, was last here in 1996.