Date: 10 Apr 2016
Cost: £36 (concessions £25)
Location: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG Brighton
Run by: Judith Silver
Contact details: http://www.polinashepherd.co.uk/contact/
Join us for a day celebration of song and creativity through voice, vocal harmonies and improvisation. Learn new and traditional Russian, Yiddish and other songs from two international singing leaders Judith Silver (UK) and Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd (Russia/UK).
Open to all backgrounds and singing levels!
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10.30am – registration
11am – 3pm workshop
3 – 3.30pm – song sharing party for workshop participants and their friends and family
3.45-4.15pm – tea for all
Booking: for paying by cheque, please contact Polina or secure your place by online booking here.
Judith and Polina will also perform a concert in Brighton that evening. Workshop participants get discount tickets (£5).
Judith is a composer, teacher, music leader and performer, working with a wonderfully eclectic mix of people. She directs the SOAS World Music Choir at the University of London and North Watford Community Choir. She also leads a Singing for the Brain group for people with dementia and their carers in St John’s Wood, London. She is deeply committed to interfaith work and dialogue attending the annual JCM conference in Germany every spring and getting involved with local projects whenever possible.
She regularly leads the singing at services for Westminster Synagogue and Finchley Reform Synagogue. Other communities, both Liberal and Reform, invite her from time to time to teach and inspire their congregants: one of her main passions is encouraging and enthusing less confident singers.
In January 2014, Judith founded a project called Companion Voices – for singing at the bedsides of those who are ill or dying. Groups of singers meet monthly to learn songs and techniques, preparing for the sacred task of accompanying those who are about to die and these groups are ready to sing at the request of anyone needing our voices. The project began in Brighton; there is now a group in Watford, where Judith lives, and a new group is due to begin in North London later this year.
Judith’s recordings include five solo albums in a variety of styles and another two with the vocal harmony trio, Anam Cara. In 2014 she published her first songbook: Jewish songs for harmony singing – twenty of her original songs, with an accompanying CD produced in 2015.
Alongside all she does with music, she is a Whitebelt Nia teacher with a passion for all things relating to holistic wellness and self-development. www.judithsilver.com
Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd – more here
Polina was born in Siberia and grew up in a home where songs were regularly sung at a family table. Now an internationally renowned performer, she brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul. Her singing, though based on traditional forms, cuts a unique sound deeply rooted in east European Jewish and Russian folk song. Growing up in Tatarstan also placed her close to Islamic ornamentation and timbre which can be heard in her unique vocal style and four octave range.