Klezmer at Claytime
by Alice Tofts, UCL Museum Studies MA Student and Event Programmer for the Jewish Museum London’s ClayTime Late
[Editor’s note] Five students from UCL’s Museum Studies MA course are working with the museum to plan a museum late event – ClayTime – on Thursday 2 February. Over the next few months they’ll be updating our blog readers with their exciting plans for the evening – enjoy!
We are delighted to confirm our
first act for ClayTime: four musicians from Manchester-based klezmer ensembles.
Ellie, Pippa, Hat and Rob all met while studying music at
the University of Manchester. They are active members of various klezmer
ensembles, including L’Chaim Kapelye, a band that specialises in infectious dance tunes and soulful
songs of the klezmer and yiddish folksong tradition. The ensemble will bring
their skills in clarinet, fidl and voice to provide a fun and fitting end to
our late event.
L’Chaim is well known in the
Manchester Jewish scene, performing at the Manchester Jewish Museum, at Jewish
care homes, Jewish-meets-Irish events in Manchester and at private events such
as weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. With a commitment to community engagement, it is
great that these talented musicians are now getting involved with the Jewish Museum
One of the clarinetist Ellie said that “It is
a pleasure to perform at ClayTime at the Jewish Museum, and we are
very excited to contribute musically to an evening showcasing Jewish art,
history, and culture’. Their enthusiasm for both Jewish culture and for their
music promises an exciting evening that will be fitting for our theme of fun