Joshua Pearl receives Steven Isserlis prize from Emunah

Hasmonean High School student Joshua Pearl,15, received the Steven Isserlis cup for the use of music for charitable purposes.  The head choir boy at Hendon United Synagogue and a soloist with the London Cantorial Singers, he also sings at Schonfeld Square in Stamford Hill and at other Jewish care homes.  Over Chanukah, he was asked to sing in five different venues and regularly takes services at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor in Hendon.  He has sung at SAGE care home and at Jewish Care’s Sobell Centre and has been asked to light the Shabbos candles and sing for the residents of Lionel Leighton Court.

“Not only does Joshua do all of this for charity, but he is delighted to use his beautiful voice to enhance synagogue services,” explained Deborah Nathan, Director of the charity Emunah, which established the prize at a request of an anonymous donor. Emunah supports ‘at risk’ children at its projects throughout Israel but the prize is open to anyone one in the community who shows a consistent use of music for charitable purposes.

In addition, Joshua helped Hendon United Synagogue’s Functions Committee to raise nearly £1,000 with his singing.  He also at Munk’s Synagogue, Golders Green.

His prize was presented by Emunah Chairman Mrs Hilary Pearlman, at the Showcase Final Concert at  the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone.

Referring to his award, Joshua Pearl said, “I think it is a very good idea to use music for the benefit of others.  I like Jewish music and chazzanut and hope to be a professional chazzan. ”

His father, Mr David Pearl, added, “We are very proud that Joshua’s good work has been recognised in this way.”

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Emunah crowns its new young musical stars at showcase concert

Violinist Poppy McGhee, 10, from Somerset has become the fifth Emunah Young Musician of the Year in the competition founded by the charity’s Michelle Hirschfield. Her “sheer musicality shone through” when she played music from the film ‘Ladies in Lavender’ and showed “an unusual mix of confidence and modesty in one so young – she is a natural musician,” said Professor Saxton, chair of Adjudicators.

Nine-year-old Lucy Sherman from Leeds, the youngest entrant in Sunday’s showcase concert at the Royal Academy of Music, has picked up the Emunah Young Singer of the Year Award.  Handing out tulips to audience members as part of her act, she showed great theatricality as she immersed herself in the role of Eliza Doolittle to sing ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely?’

Together with the JC-supported Emunah Young Musician of the Year, the competitions raise funds to provide music therapy and support for ‘at risk’ children at Emunah projects in Israel.  Twenty finalists performed on stage in the Dukes Hall in front of a 300-strong audience.

JFS student Ruby Jacobs, 17, was runner-up in the singing contest, now in its second year, with Alessandro D’Orazio taking second place in the Young Musician category for his performance on the piano.

Lucy and Poppy will each receive a £250 cash prize from sponsors Wienerworld.

The winners were chosen by a panel headed by Professor Robert Saxton, who noted the high standards across both competitions, saying: “It is not just about talent – it is about hard work – no matter how good you are.”

The other judges were opera singer Theresa Cahill,  voice coach Francoise Geller and concert pianist Norma Fisher.

The other Finalists  in the Music Competition were Naomi Bazlov, Zach Brandman, Leora Cohen, Joshua Daniel, Ruby Jacobs, Yonni Levy, Hadassah Litvin, and Aviva Sharp. The other Finalists in the Singing Competition were Natasha Fisch, Izzy Grant, Brady Isaacs Pearce, Amber Lily Jacobs, Lucy Johnson, Millie Land, Natalie Sternberg, Sydney Vos and Abi Wander.

It was a double win for Poppy who also received the Sara Freedman brass/woodwind prize for her recorder playing – the accolade was jointly won with oboist Hadassah Litvin, 18, who attends the Grammar School at Leeds.

There was also a piano recital from last year’s Emunah Young Musician of the Year, Elizabeth Kandelaki, 11. Last year’s Young Singer, Emma Sherrard, 13, was away on the JFS Israel trip and has been volunteering at the Emunah children’s home in Afula.

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Book your tickets now for the Emunah Showcase Final!

Tickets are selling fast for the Emunah Young Musician and Singer of the Year Showcase Final Concert, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 1st March at the Royal Academy of Music, London.  Click here to book now. For more information please call 020 8203 6066.

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Finalists announced for the 2015 Emunah Young Musician and Singer Competitions!

Heats took place  in both London and Manchester this week and the final line up for the Showcase Final Concert on Sunday 1st March is now decided!

Sixty talented youngsters whose ages ranged from eight to 18 took part in the London heats of Emunah Young Musician of the Year and Emunah Young Singer of the Year, which took place on Sunday 1st February at the Royal Academy of Music.   Francoise Geller, chair of the adjudicators, praised the “incredible high standard” of performances in the JC-supported competition, which is sponsored by Wienerworld Ltd.

The regional finals took  place on Tuesday 3rd February at The King David High School, Manchester.

The winners and runners-up will be eligible to perform in the showcase concert and finals on Sunday 1st March at the Royal Academy of Music.

EMUNAH YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

London heats results 2015:

PIANO CLASS 1

Winner: Naomi Bazlov

Joint runners-up: Zach Brandman and Alessandro D’Orazio

PIANO CLASS 2

Winner: Joshua Daniels

Runner-up: Leora Cohen

STRINGS:

Winner: Leora Cohen

Joint runners-up: Aviva Sharp and Poppy McGhee

CLASSICAL VOICE

Winner: Ruby Jacobs

WOODWIND/BRASS

Winner: Poppy McGhee

Highly commended: Jodie Bloom

EMUNAH YOUNG SINGER OF THE YEAR

London heats results 2015:

SINGERS CLASS 1

Winner: Ruby Jacobs

Runner-up:  Natalie Sternberg

Highly Commended:  Aaron Spalter

SINGERS CLASS 2

Joint winners: Amber Lily Jacobs and Millie Land

Joint runners-up: Natasha Fisch and Abi Wander

SINGERS CLASS 3

Winner: Sydney Vos

Runner-up: Isabella Grant

SINGERS CLASS 4

Winner: Lucy Johnson

Runner-up: Brady Isaacs Pearce

Manchester heats 2015

YOUNG MUSICIAN (combined class)

Winner: Yonni Levy

Runner-up: Hadassah Litvin

YOUNG SINGER

Winner: Lucy Sherman

Here are a selection of photos from the London heats. More photos to follow from London and Manchester….

Photos from Manchester:

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Northern Heats & Extended Entry Deadline for 2015 Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year Competitions!

STOP PRESS: Entry to the 2015 Emunah Young Musician of the Year and Emunah Young Singer of the Year is now open – AND EXTENDED ENTRY DEADLINE UNTIL JANUARY 28TH!

STOP PRESS: NEW NORTHERN HEATS being held on TUESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY AT 7PM AT THE KING DAVID HIGH SCHOOL IN MANCHESTER.

This year we once again have £500 prize fund  (kindly sponsored by Wienerworld) to be shared between the overall winner of the  Young Musician  competition (£250) and the Emunah Young Singer of the Year  (£250).We are looking for talented young musicians and singers aged 8 – 18 to take part in this competition which is held in conjunction with the Jewish Chronicle, and sponsored by Wienerworld Ltd.

To download an entry form click here. Full rules for the competition are available by clicking here. Any other questions – please call us on 020 8203 6066. To download the 2015 flier please click here.

Applications must be received by Wednesday 28th January 2015. This is an extended deadline due to the Northern Heats being added.

London Heats will be on Sunday 1st February 2015.   Northern Heats will be on the evening of Tuesday 3rd February at the King David High School in Manchester.  The Showcase Final Concert will be held on Sunday 1st March 2015 at the Royal Academy of Music.

Please let anyone know who you think may  be interested to enter – It’s a wonderful opportunity to make music and to ultimately raise funds to provide music therapy for vulnerable children in Israel at our residential children’s centres.  To read more about how Emunah uses music therapy to help children please click here.

Emunah in Israel operates a network of children’s homes, high schools, day care centres, therapy and counselling services and community centres helping disadvantaged children and families.

We will once again present the Steven Isserlis Cup for the use of Music for Charitable Purposes – at our Showcase Concert.  Please call 0208 203 6066 for more information on this special award.

For photos and a report on last year’s competition, please click here.

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Emunah crowns 2014 Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year

Ten-year-old pianist Elizabeth Kandelaki from South Hampstead (pictured with Sponsor Anthony Broza and  Chair of Adjudicators Malcolm Singer) has won the title of Emunah Young Musician 2014 after performing in front of a 350-strong audience at the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone on Sunday afternoon.  A second accolade was won by 12-year-old JFS pupil Emma Sherrard from Mill Hill, who received the first ever Emunah Young  Singer of the Year award from Mitch Winehouse and his wife Jane.

Runner-up for the Emunah Young Singer of the Year award was Ilan Galkoff, 10, from Borehamwood, who has performed on the West End stage in Les Miserables and Oliver.

Held in association with the Jewish Chronicle, the national competition is run by the charity Emunah which helps disadvantaged children and young people in Israel through its network of children’s homes, high schools, day care, therapy and counselling centres.  Founded by Emunah’s Michelle Hirschfield, this is the fourth year for the competition which raises funds for the Lord and Lady Sacks music therapy programme.

“This is the first time that I have won anything – it is probably one of the best experiences in my life.  I am overwhelmed,” said Elizabeth Kandelaki, a pupil at the London Russian School of Music (formerly Belsize Music Academy).

Perfectly poised, Elizabeth impressed the judges with a fine and sensitive performance of Grieg’s Notturno.  She started playing piano and violin at the age of seven, with piano becoming her first instrument.  She also studies music appreciation and composition.  She will receive a cheque for £300 from competition sponsors Wienerworld, the indie music specialist, and perform at Emunah’s Guildhall dinner in December.

Attracting over 70 contestants from around the country, the contest was judged by a panel comprising Malcolm Singer, director of music at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard, Teresa Cahill, Norma Fisher, Françoise Pierre-Geller and Marc Verter.

Violinist Amos Sharp, 12, last year’s winner, gave an accomplished recital while they deliberated over choosing his successor “as the standard was exceptionally high.”

Joint runners-up for the main title of Young Musician were pianist Alessandro d’Orazio, 10, and harpist Olivia Ter-Berg, 17.   Saxophone players Louis Isaacs, 12 and Jodie Bloom, 9, from Borehamwood, jointly won a woodwind prize in memory of Sara Freedman.

World famous cellist Steven Isserlis presented a cup in his name recognising the use of music for charitable purposes.  The recipients were ‘The Four Sons’ – Noam Bernstein, George Rosenfeld, Asher Levy and Jamie Rubenstein, who made a CD to raise funds for Emunah and two other charities.

Emma Sherrard, Emunah Young Singer of the Year, said: “I was shocked when my name was called out.  I thought it must be a mistake.” Singing Electricity from the musical Billy Elliot, she was the judges’ unanimous choice.  “It’s my favourite song from a musical,” she explained.  A member of the JFS singers, Emma was performing at the school’s winter concert where the competition was launched and had been persuaded to enter by music teacher and deputy head, Mr Appleman.

Although she has performed on stage with a local theatre group, Emma “gets shy of singing in front of her family.  I wasn’t allowed to come to the London heats where she was a class runner-up” explains her mother, Sara Sherrard. “At home she only sings in her room – I am shocked that she has won, but very proud.  The £200 prize for Wienerworld may get used for a voice coach for the talented youngster who would love to sing professionally.

Commenting on the event, Michelle Hirschfield said: “It has been a fantastic afternoon thanks to our incredible winners, runners-up, and all the talented young musicians and singers who have entertained us, while raising funds to help those less fortunate through music therapy.”

A special award was presented by Michelle Hirschfield to accompanist Daphne Coleman for her contribution to the competition over the last 4 years.

Photo Credits; John Rifkin and Graham Hirschfield.  Words by Sue Rifkin.

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The Finalists – Emunah Young Musician of the Year and Young Singer

Following the London and Manchester heats, we are delighted to announce that 13 fine young musicians have been chosen to perform in concert on Sunday 9 March at the Royal Academy of Music at the competition finals of Emunah Young Musician of the Year 2014. In addition, seven talented singers will compete for the title of Emunah Young Music Theatre Singer.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the heats. The adjudicators were extremely impressed with the high standard of  the entries once again.  You are all stars!

The Showcase Concert will be at 2.30pm on Sunday 9th March at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  Tickets must be booked in advance.  For more information or to book tickets please call 0208 203 6066 or email alison@emunah.org.uk

Scroll down for list of London and Manchester finalists:

LONDON HEATS:

WOODWIND/BRASS

Winner:

Louis Isaacs, 12, Saxophone

Runner up:

Jodie Bloom, 9, Saxophone

STRINGS

Joint Winners:

Leo Appel, 14, Violin

Olivia Ter-Berg, 17, Harp

Joint Runners up:

Leora Cohen, 15, Violin,

Aviva Sharp, 10, Violin

CLASSICAL VOICE

Winner:

James Harvey,16

PIANO I

Winner:

Alessandro d’Orazio, 10

Runner up:

Masha Vasileyva, 9

PIANO II

Winner:

Leora Cohen, age 15

Runner Up

Elizabeth Kandelaki, age 10

SINGERS CLASS I

Winner:

Amber Lily Jacobs, age 14

Runner Up:

Emma Sherrard, age 12

SINGERS CLASS II

Winner:

Ilan Galkoff, age 10

Runner up:

Alana Bain, age 13

SINGERS CLASS III

Winner:

Natasha Fisch,14

Runner Up:

Brady Isaacs Pearce,13

MANCHESTER HEATS:

COMBINED CLASSICAL CLASS

Winner: Nicolas Veal-Baschwitz, 11, piano

Joint Runners Up:

Ben Silberstein, 14, Violin

Mark Englander, 13, Piano

SINGER

Winner:  Justine Saville, 16

Pictured below some of the London Finalists.  More pictures from both Heats to follow soon!

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Are you the next Emunah Young Musician of the Year?

Entry to the 2014 Emunah Young Musician 2014 competition is now open!  Are you the person to follow in the footsteps of 2013 winner, violinist Amos Sharp?  This year we have £500 prize fund  (kindly sponsored by Wienerworld) to be shared between the overall winner of the competition (£300) and the winner of our new category: Musical Theatre Singer of the Year (£200).We are looking for talented young musicians and singers aged 8 – 18 to take part in this competition which is held in conjunction with the Jewish Chronicle.

To download an entry form click here. Full rules for the competition are available by clicking here. Any other questions – please call us on 020 8203 6066.

London Heats will be on Sunday 2nd February 2014.  Manchester Heats will be on Sunday 9th February 2014.  The Showcase Final Concert will be held on Sunday 9th March 2014 at the Royal Academy of Music.

For photos and a report on last year’s competition, please click here.

Photo of Amos Sharp – Credit John Rifkin.

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Violinist Amos Sharp is the 2013 Emunah Young Musician Winner!

The finalists were: Zach Brandman, Rudy Brass, Joshua Daniel, Mark Englander, Natasha Fisch, James Harvey, Rafi Kelion, Annabel Lawrence, Amos Sharp, Ben Silberstein and Nicolas Veal-Baschwitz.

Eleven-year-old violinist Amos Sharp was “overwhelmed with joy” to be the second family member to be named as Emunah Young Musician of the Year. He impressed the judges at a showcase concert on Sunday 3 March at the Royal College of Music, beating ten other finalists to succeed his sister, the cellist Anoushka Sharp, who was last year’s winner.

The competition is run by the charity Emunah, a major provider of welfare services to vulnerable children in Israel and is held in conjunction with the Jewish Chronicle.  The winner was presented with a prize of £500 towards musical instruments for their school by a representative of sponsor Wienerworld Ltd, Mrs Lily Broza.

This was the Highgate School pupil’s second time in the national competition and he also has a place at the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, where he plays first violin. For his winning performance, Amos played Massenet’s Meditation from Thais.

Amos Sharp said: “I really wanted to win. I feel ecstatic, overwhelmed with joy. I wanted to play the most beautifully that I possibly could and to demonstrate that music has a hugely calming and uplifting effect because it ties in with the idea to use music therapy at Emunah’s children’s homes in Israel. My ambition is to become a world-class soloist and be able to perform to, and delight, audiences around the world.”

The winners were chosen by a panel comprising Malcolm Singer, Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School, JC Editor Stephen Pollard, Teresa Cahill and Norma Fisher.

Announcing the results, Malcolm Singer said: “This has been a wonderful festival of music and we have enjoyed all the performances. The judges have had an interesting time trying to choose the winner and after much, much debate, it stays in the family and goes to Amos Sharp, for his fine playing, lovely tone, and real communication with the audience.”

Runners-up, 15-year-olds Rafi Kelion from Northwood, who plays flute and Annabel Lawrence from Leeds, who plays Bassoon, were praised for their “musical performance, articulation and shaping of phrases.” In addition, West Hampstead pianist Zach Brandman, 10, received an honourable mention for his performance of Schubert “remarkable in one so young.”

Continuing the family theme: Amos had been accompanied on piano by his father, David Sharp, and the concert included a cello recital by Anoushka as last year’s winner and his younger sister, the violinist Aviva Sharp, 9, was one of three ‘most promising newcomers who were invited to perform. The others were alto-sax player Sam Sher from Hampstead Garden Suburb and pianist Hannah Whiteson, 8, from Cheadle.

Entertainment included a gamelan workshop in which audience members could perform.

Afterwards, Emunah Young Musician Chairman Michelle Hirschfield paid tribute to the young performers, saying: “They have all given remarkable performances; it has been a tremendously enjoyable way of celebrating their talent while supporting those children who are less fortunate through the Lord and Lady Sacks music therapy programme at our projects in Israel. Amos is a truly deserving winner and we look forward to hearing him perform again at our fundraising events later this year.”

Words: Sue Levy  Photo Credits: John Rifkin

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Finalists announced for Emunah Young Musician of the Year 2013

Excitement is growing for the Showcase Final which is at the Royal College of Music on Sunday 3 March following the highly successful London and Leeds Heats.

London Heats:

Dozens of accomplished youngsters gave fine performances at the Royal Academy of Music on Sunday 3rd February at the London heats of Emunah Young Musician of the Year.  The class winners who will go through to the finals are: singers Natasha Fisch and James Harvey; pianists Nicolas Veal-Baschwitz, Zach Brandman and Joshua Daniel; Rudy Brass (trumpet), Rafi Kelion (flute) and Amos Sharp (violin).  In addition, Sam Sher (alto sax) and Aviva Sharp (violin) have been put forward for a ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ award which has been introduced this year.  The runners-up were singers Daniel Berenson and Brady Pearce; Alessandro D’Orazio (piano) and Olivia Ter-Berg (Harp).

Northern Heats:

The regional heats of Emunah Young Musician of the Year took place at Leeds College of Music on Sunday 10th February. The finalists are:  Ben Silberstein (violin); Mark Englander (piano) and Annabel Lawrence (bassoon).  Most Promising Newcomer award nomination: Hannah Whiteson (piano). The runners-up were:  Hannah Silberstein (flute), Noah Ottman (piano) and Aviva Sandler (violin).

Emunah director Deborah Nathan noted “the array of talent” and said that proceeds would support the Lord and Lady Sacks Music Therapy programme at the charity’s projects in Israel and would benefit “emotionally damaged” children.

Finalists from London and Leeds will now prepare for a Showcase Concert at the Royal College of Music in Kensington on Sunday 3rd March when the overall winner will be chosen.   The competition is held in conjunction with the Jewish Chronicle and the winner’s school will get £500 to spend on musical instruments, courtesy of Wienerworld.

Tickets for the Showcase Concert are:

£8 Child ( under 16)

£20 Adult

£25 Adult premium

£50 Family ticket ( 2 adults and 2 children)

To purchase tickets call 020 8203 6066 or email alison@emunah.org.uk

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