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What Does the FutureSound Like?

What Does the Future Sound Like?





Free (donations encouraged)

Discover the diversity of Jewish music and meet some of the emerging stars of the UK Jewish music scene through a series of digital films released over the first 6 days of Chanukah.

Join musician Francesca Ter-Berg and producer Laura Seddon for our series of compact, challenging and joyfully musical conversations with special guests Carol Isaacs, Anna Lowenstein, Polina Shepherd and Ana Silvera. Together they explore transforming traditions and creating their own musical identities as they access memory and cultural histories to imagine the future.

Sign up to receive five daily musical film treats into your inbox as we release the five short films over the first six days of the Jewish festival of Chanukah (10–15 December, there will be no film on the Saturday).

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: There’s a treat in store for anyone who books by 5pm, Friday 4 December. Advance bookers will receive an extra special Chanukah gift in the post from artist Sophie Herxheimer. Book early to receive your gift!

Whether you’re a new music fan, new-wave Klezmer aficionado or just want to learn more about what’s happening now in the British Jewish music scene, this is an opportunity to get up and close with the female music artists on the front line.

(Feature image credit: Francesca Ter-Berg by Iggy Crespo)

Francesca Ter-Berg

Francesca Ter-Berg is a multi- disciplinary artist, songwriter and composer known for her unique cello style and being one half of critically acclaimed duo Fran & Flora. (Photo credit: Benjamin Bowles).

Anna Silvera

Ana Silvera is a London-born singer-songwriter and composer whose folk and blue-grass tinged tunes draw on folklore, myth and her own eventful life.

Anna Lowenstein

A classically trained violinist, composer and Manchester University graduate, Anna Lowenstein has made a great impact on the UK Klezmer scene, touring across the UK.

Polina Shepherd

Internationally renowned Siberian-born singer and choir leader Polina Shepherd brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul. (Photo credit: Janusz Paliwoda)

Carol Isaacs

An accomplished keyboard player, accordionist, cartoonist and author of graphic memoir The Wolf of Baghdad, Carol Isaacs is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet, Hamsa and Judeo-Arabic band 3yin. (Photo credit: Mika Schick)

Sophie Herxheimer

Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. Her collection Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books 2017) was an Observer book of the month and a Sunday Times Book of the year. (Photo credit: John Stuttle)

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