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Victorian Music in the Montefiore Synagogue

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19 May 2017

Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage
Now a regular and popular feature in the East Kent music scene, Montefiore Day on Sunday 18 June once again hosts the bOYbershop quartet performing a concert of liturgical music familiar to Sir Moses' Sephardi and Lady Judith's Ashkenazi backgrounds.

This will also be an opportunity for visitors to see inside the grade 2* listed synagogue, a gem of Victorian architecture, normally open to the general public just once a year in autumn, during the National Heritage Open Days.

Montefiore Day commemorates the day in 1833 when Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore invited their Ramsgate gentile neighbours to join them, their family and friends in celebrating the dedication of their synagogue.

Tickets may be purchased from Nice Things, 19-21 Harbour Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8LP. Alternatively, applications by post may be sent to Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP. Tickets cost £15 (£10 for members). Cheques should be raised in favour of Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage.

The bOYbershop quartet has the most excellent of musical attributes. Benjamin Wolf is Musical Director of the Zemel Choir, the Wallace Ensemble, the Royal Free Music Society and Belsize Square Synagogue. Eliot Alderman is Musical Director of the Sephardic Choir of Gibraltar, choirmaster at Mill Hill, Hendon and Edgware synagogues and conductor of the boys' choir at Hampstead Garden Suburb synagogue. Matthew Pochin is a professional oratorio and recital soloist and sings with professional choirs in both the UK and Europe. Gabriel Gottlieb sings regularly with the BBC Singers, Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Armonico Consort, and Philharmonia Voices.


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