Received from a member
The New East European choir at UCL (University College London) is starting
regular sessions on Thursday 25 February, 18.00 ï¿½ 19.20.
Music lovers of all backgrounds and singing levels are welcome, and no
previous singing experience or knowledge of languages is necessary. All
teaching will be done by ear but sheet music will be available.
The main focus of this season will be on Russian, Yiddish and some
Ukrainian songs, other traditions to be added later on in 2010.
Come and experience Russian lyrical and epic songs, ritual calendar
singing for pagan holidays, wedding songs and weeping songs, also Jewish
songs in Yiddish and Niggunim (wordless songs).
The New East European choir will be led by Brighton based Polina Shepherd
– composer, singer, pianist and the leading Jewish choir leader of the
Former USSR. She has performed internationally. Her grandfather, a veteran
of the Second World War, played bayan (button accordion) and her mother, a
professional singer, would often sing for hours while Polina listened as a
child, learning deeply rooted Jewish and Russian traditions throughout her
childhood years. Her training at Kazan State Music college and then
Conservatory gave her an academic perspective. Polina is a highly
experienced international workshop leader and Natural Voice practitioner
in the UK. www.polinashepherd.co.uk
Session cost ï¿½5 (pay on the day)