Manchester Jewish Museum

Dive into a klezmer tune
KlezmerTune Club



Learning Studio



A book-club-meets-folk-session, this Tune Club brings together musicians (of any level, background, or instrument) to explore tunes from the rich klezmer tradition. Richard Fay and Daniel Mawson will take you on a musical journey through klezmer’s fascinating history and work with you on a new musical piece. Bring your instrument along to dive into a klezmer tune in a cultural, historical, and musical context, whilst we build an arrangement together.

Klezmer has roots back to the Middle Ages and was a defining part of the Yiddish-speaking cultures of Eastern European Jewish communities. It gained new influences through migrations (especially to the USA), and is now a global music genre. The club will open up some of this rich tradition for musicians here in Manchester who may already know something about klezmer or may be keen to learn something new and less familiar.

What you need to know

The beloved Klezmer Tune Club returns! This session is the first meeting this year. There will be a session each month on a Monday evening. Don’t worry if you haven’t been to the previous sessions, each meeting involves learning a new tune so you can join us anytime.

This event is for musicians of all levels, backgrounds and instruments. We encourage you to bring along your own instruments, but there will be percussion available to use. Please email Richard Fay with the instrument you intend to bring along to the Club before the session:

The minimum age for this event is 16. The event is free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket.

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Please e-mail with any access requirements.

About The Artists

Daniel Mawson and Richard Fay lead The University of Manchester Klezmer Ensemble and produce klezmer-based shows such as “Amid the Mirk Over the Irk: When Irish meets klezmer”, “Vessels of Song: Journeys into the Worlds of klezmer”, and “Klezmer Klassica”. They both performed at MJM Synagogue in March 2022, during our Synagogue Nights Season.

These sessions would not be possible without the support of both the University of Manchester Social responsibility funding and the sponsorship of the Jewish Music Institute.


Related Events

Anna Lowenstein will take us on a musical journey of the heritage, sounds and feelings of the Klezmer tradition as she presents a solo concert of Klezmer music as part of the Manchester Jewish Museum’s Holocaust Memorial Day events.