Manchester Jewish Museum

A Jewish Vocal Tradition Through Time
Cantorial Song



Manchester Jewish Museum's synagogue


Full £18
Under 30s £17
MJM Members £17
Personal Assistant £0

Experience the ancient tradition of cantorial song and its prominence in secular music spanning over 100 years. Part of our Synagogue Scratch season.

Join Hannah Rachel as she explores the ancient tradition of cantillation – the art of vocalising the Torah – and its influences across jazz, popular and contemporary classical genres. Through engaging with both Ashkenazic and Sephardic modes, the cross-genre programme specifically explores the centrality of cantillation to experiences of processing grief throughout Jewish history.

Hannah will be joined by a small ensemble of instrumentalists from Klezmorim of Manchester, led by Dan Mawson, in new arrangements devised especially for this event.

Come and feel the influence of this Jewish tradition on artists including Amy Winehouse, George Gershwin and Maurice Ravel in our beautiful historic synagogue – a space of reflection and celebration. This event promises to excite and intrigue your ears.


Hannah Rachel is a multi-genre vocalist with a love for singing across classical and popular genres. Raised in a music-loving family, her music education started from early childhood with her dad’s vinyl collection, Manchester’s Jewish Theatre Company, and school journeys accompanied by local 90s radio. Continuing her education, Hannah graduated with both Music and Marketing degrees, focusing her studies on vocal performance and understanding music’s social impacts. Following a successful corporate career, Hannah made the decision to return to her love of music in 2022 and can now be found performing, teaching, and researching music around the North West. Her main vocal influences are Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, and Chen Reiss with their melismatic stylings that pull you into their storytelling.


The age guidance for this event is 16+.

The doors to the museum will be open from 6PM on the day of the performance. The museum Cafe will be selling food as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Please note, that food and drinks cannot be taken into the synagogue space, so if you’d like to use the Café before the show, please allow yourself additional time.

The performance will begin at 7:30pm and finish at 8:30pm.

Please note, that this event takes place at our historic synagogue with on-side seating. The synagogue will have seating areas for those with accessibility needs to enjoy the performance. Please e-mail ahead of the event to arrange for any additional accessibility needs. READ MORE ABOUT ACCESS

How to get here

We encourage you to use public transport when travelling to the museum. We are located on Cheetham Hill Road, just 15 minutes’ walk from Manchester’s Victoria train station and 30 minutes’ walk from Manchester City Centre. You can get here by bus (135 or 41), Metrolink or train. Unfortunately there is no on site parking, however there is free parking on all streets around the museum. READ MORE ABOUT GETTING HERE

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