Klezmer music- the music of the Ashkenazi Jews from eastern Europe – is alive and well and living in Derbyshire!
On Sunday 24th March at 3 p.m., in Youlgrave, there’s a concert featuring some of the top international klezmer music stars based in Britain- Michael Alpert, Merlin Shepherd, Polina Shepherd and Gica Loening. If you haven’t heard klezmer, now is your chance! Klezmer is the folk music of the Jewish people of Northern Europe in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, much of the repertoire being dances for celebrations such as weddings.
Michael and Polina are Britain’s two top performers of Yiddish song; Merlin is an internationally renowned clarinettist, and Edinburgh-based Gica links Scottish and Klezmer music on fiddle. Their music is sometimes melancholy, some will make you want to dance, and all of it passionate. This public concert comes at the end of the Kleznorth weekend gathering of klezmer musicians, dancers and Yiddish singers held annually in Youlgrave and long sold out for 2019. Youlgrave in the heart of Derbyshire is easily reachable from Manchester (1h15m).
Tickets are £12.00. You can find out more about Kleznorth, and the performers – and book tickets for the concert – via the Kleznorth website, https://kleznorth.org.uk/.