Manchester Jewish Museum

Journeys into Klezmer
Vessels ofSong



Our synagogue


£12 full, £10 concessions

Vessels of Song: Journeys into the worlds of Klezmer
Part of Synagogue Nights at Manchester Jewish Museum


Artists: The Klezmorim of Manchester, Michael Kahan Kapelye (The University of Manchester klezmer ensemble)
Directors: Richard Fay & Daniel Mawson


‘Klezmer…klei zemer…vessel of song’

The music of Klezmer was nearly lost to history: a whole musical heritage of mostly Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews carrying generations of culture and tradition. The musicians who crossed borders and travelled cultures, carrying their music with them, were the ‘vessels of song’.

Two groups of extraordinarily talented musicians and artists will take you on musical journeys across time, place and genre. They will celebrate how the music of klezmer has survived through its ability to adapt and inspire.

From Balkan and Sephardic music, to swing, brass band, and yiddish theatre; from the Old World of Eastern Europe, to the New World of the USA and beyond; there’s a musical flavour for everyone.

The Michael Kahan Kapelye (aka the University of Manchester Klezmer Ensemble) return to perform once more at our museum, joined by the house band The Klezmorim of Manchester to lead you through the history of this fiery, emotional, danceable music with 17 fantastic musicians.

Here’s a flavour of what you can expect, in a short film about creating Vessels of Song:

What you need to know

Doors Open from 6pm, performance 7 – 8.50pm including a 20 minute interval. There will be a Q&A following the performance.

The bar will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before and after the event.

The performance is a seated event without social distancing.

The synagogue has dedicated seating areas for wheelchair users, please do contact the box office ahead of the event to arrange on

About The Artists

Daniel Mawson and Dr. Richard Fay are klezmer musicians, academics, enthusiasts and educators who direct the University of Manchester Klezmer Ensemble (The Michael Kahan Kapelye) which is in its 11th cohort, and lead The Klezmorim of Manchester (a group of talented local klezmer aficionados).

They are exploring new ways of celebrating the history of Klezmer and connecting it with other musical forms and traditions.

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