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8 May - Sephardi Concert featuring Bevis Marks Choir members

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Concert featuring members of the Choir of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation of London, directed by choirmaster Eliot Alderman.

To commemorate the 140th anniversary of the opening of the Synagogue of the Manchester Congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews (now Manchester Jewish Museum) and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the museum in the former synagogue, the museum will be hosting a concert of Spanish and Portuguese liturgical music.

When the Manchester Sephardi community opened their first synagogue outside London they affiliated to the community of Bevis Marks, London and adopted the Spanish and Portuguese liturgy. Bevis Marks, the oldest synagogue in the UK, was founded by Portuguese Jews from Amsterdam in the 18th Century. Elements of its liturgy go back to medieval Spain, whilst others were influenced by the Baroque music of the 18th century and popular Dutch and English melodies.

The result is a unique choral tradition that has had a great influence on the synagogue music of other synagogues, both Reform and Orthodox.

The concert will feature music from the dedication ceremony in 1874 and compositions of the Bevis Marks-trained choirmaster of Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool, Abraham Saqui.

Thursday 8th May, 7:30pm

Tickets: £10

Advance Bookings only - ticketed event - call 0161 830 1435