And the 2016 Finalists are…..

Book your seats now for the Showcase Final Concert on Sunday 20th March 2016!

Following the Northern Heats on January 28th and the London Heats on Sunday 7th February we are delighted to announce that the finalists for the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions are as follows:

YOUNG MUSICIAN FINALISTS:

ELLEN BAUMRING GLEDHILL     CELLO

JOHN GALLANT                        VIOLIN

JAMES HARVEY                        CLASSICAL VOICE

LEORA BROWNING                  CLASSICAL VOICE

CHARLOTTE OLSBERG               CLASSICAL VOICE

ELLEN BAUMRING GLEDHILL     PIANO

MARK ENGLANDER                  PIANO

SIMON HANASSAB                   PIANO

ELEANOR VOAK                       TREBLE RECORDER

ZOE STEINBERG                         CLARINET

YOUNG SINGER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

YONI SHINE

MAYA SPRONZ

MOLLIE FREEDMAN

SYDNEY VOS

ABI WANDER

AMBER MARKS

JEMIMA ATAR

ALEX HILSENRATH

MAIA PHILLIPS

JAMES HARVEY

RUBY GOLDBLATT

To book tickets for the Showcase Final concert at 2.30 pm on Sunday 20th March 2016 – which will also feature a performance by last year’s winning musician Poppy McGhee, as well as the presentation of the Sara Freedman Woodwind award and the Steven Isserlis Cup for use of music for a charitable purpose, please click here.

Adult Premium Tickets are £35, Adult Tickets are £25 and Child Ticket ( under 16) are £15.  Book soon to be assured of your place.

Below are some pictures from the Manchester and London Heats.

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Enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year Competitions – Now!

Download your entry form and apply now to enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!  Click here to download a printable copy of the entry form.

Full rules and regulations are available by clicking here.

For a copy of the flyer please click here.

For further information or any enquiries please contact Alison Cohen at Emunah Head Office on 020 8203 6066 or email Alison@emunah.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from all the young and talented musicians and singers out there!

Click here to see an article about last year’s competition.

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It’s time for the 2016 Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!

Download your entry form and apply now to enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!  Click here to download a printable copy of the entry form.

Full rules and regulations are available by clicking here.

For a copy of the flyer please click here.

For further information or any enquiries please contact Alison Cohen at Emunah Head Office on 020 8203 6066 or email Alison@emunah.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from all the young and talented musicians and singers out there!

Click here to see an article about last year’s competition.

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Its nearly time to enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!  Full details and entry forms will be available very soon.  In the meantime please keep these dates free:

Thursday 28th January 2016 – Manchester Heats (tbc)

Sunday 7th February 2016 – London Heats

Sunday 20th March 2016 – Showcase Final Concert with overall winners announced.

Email us at info@emunah.org.uk to register your interest.

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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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