[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Yiddish Language and Song courses in London

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

May 7, 2011

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Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 21:39:19 +0100
From: Geraldine Auerbach <jewishmusic at jmi.org.uk>
Subject: Yiddish Language and Song courses in London

Yiddish Language and Yiddish Song Summer Schools 2011

JMI runs two separate (but concurrent) one-week courses - one for Yiddish 
language students and one for singers. Sunday 14 - Friday 19 August 2011

The language course is for beginners to advanced students. We usually have 
students of various backgrounds and from about the age of 18 to 90 
attending. The mix of ages is very special - those who know Yiddish from 
before mixing with those coming to it fresh, is very productive.

The song course is for serious singers who want to embrace the vast and 
touching Yiddish song repertoire. The courses take place at the Vernon 
Square Campus of SOAS University of London Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW

More details on Website www.jmi.org.uk

The courses start with registration on Sunday morning 14 August (at 
10.30am for those that want to brush up on the alef beys - the letters in 
which Yiddish is written) and at 11.30am for all others.

>From Monday to Friday classes are from 9.30 in the morning till 6.30pm. 
There are Yiddish language sessions for all each morning in four levels. 
After lunch there is a 'learning Yiddish through song' session for 
everyone - after which, singers have masterclasses and sessions on 
interpretation pronunciation etc while the language students have 
conversation sessions, Yiddish films and even some drama if they want it, 
as well as optional extra writing and reading practice. The language 
course is led as always by Helen (Khayele) Beer of UCL with her popular 
team of Sonya Pinkusowitz (Brussels), Heather Valencia (Stirling) and Lily 
Kahn (UCL) and with Barry Davis presenting films. The song school is 
headed by Shura Lipovsky  with the welcome return of Joanne Borts, Yiddish 
theatre star from New York and the ever popular and amazing singer and 
accompanist Polina Shepherd.

For klezmer music and dance the KlezFest Caravan is running courses in the 
World Music Summer School at SOAS from 5.00pm to 9.00pm in the week of 4 - 
8 July details and booking at www.soas.ac.uk/music

For more information email Yiddish at jmi.org.uk or speak to Yvonne Glass on 
Tel 020 8909 2445

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