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.

Here are a couple of pictures from our summer meetings:

What you need to know

Please note this group is open to any musician of any ability – both beginner and seasoned pro! The minimum age for these sessions is 16.

Participants are encouraged to bring along their own instrument, although we will have percussion instruments available. Klezmer is mostly an instrumental tradition, and during these sessions we will focus on particular tunes from this tradition, but we welcome anyone who wants to be part of this exploration. Please email Richard Fay with the instrument you intend to bring along to the Club before the session:

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. The event is organised thanks to SEED Social Responsibility Catalyst Fund at The University of Manchester.

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