Annual European Cantorial Convention

Over fifty people crowded into the beautiful Prague Beth Din chamber, dating back to medieval times, to participate in this year’s four day intensive program with the world’s outstanding teachers was devoted to the traditional modes and melodies of the synagogue in the Ashkenazi tradition and included a tour of Jewish Prague.

Study sessions, lectures and masterclasses focused on repertoire, technique, interpretation of text and congregational participation.

The public attended a Gala Concert on the Saturday night at the Spanish Synagogue in Prague with and glorious cantorial and choral synagogue services in both this and the Alt-Neu synagogue on the Shabbat itself.

Cantors met colleagues from all over Europe and further afield, to brush up/ refine/ improve/ develop their approaches/ broadened their horizons and increased their skills and contacts.

A warm welcome awaited everyone from the Prague Jewish Community.


The convention was organized and presented, with thanks, to European Cantors Association Convener and Conference Organizer, Alex Klein, program Coordinator, Hirsh Cashdan, Prague Managers, Rabbi Michael Dushinsky, Mrs Alice Grünfeld-Veselá. 

The convention was supported by the Jewish Music Institute SOAS University of London, by the Jewish Community of Prague and by individuals and trusts.

Study sessions, lectures and masterclasses focused on repertoire, technique, interpretation of text and congregational participation. 

The public attended a Gala Concert on the Saturday night at the Spanish Synagogue in Pragye with and glorious cantorial and choral synagogue services in both this and the Alt-Neu synagogue on the Shabbat itself.

Cantors met colleagues from all over Europe and further afield, to brush up, refine, improve and develop their approaches and broaden their horizons and increased their skills and contacts. 

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