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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4765
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1991-2013
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.2 linear metres
Name of creator(s): The Shabbaton Choir


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Shabbaton Choir is a voluntary male-voice choir, drawn from the ranks of several synagogue choirs. It was formed in 1986 under the musical direction of Stephen Glass, and performed for the first time in the Wigmore Hall under its founding name the B'nai Brith Festival Singers.

The choir performs at concerts and synagogue services throughout the UK and undertakes concert tours abroad. It has recorded many times for the BBC and has featured regularly on radio and television broadcasts in the UK and abroad. It has also recorded several albums of its music.

The group's hallmark is its innovative choral arrangements. Its aim is to bring out clearly the mood and meaning of the words, thus making orthodox services more meaningful. Arrangements and new compositions are undertaken the musical director, originally in partnership with Chazan Lionel Rosenfeld.

In 1990 the group was renamed the Shabbaton Choir and Stephen Levey took over as musical director in 1991.

Since 2003 the choir has visited Israel regularly to perform, under the title Solidarity Through Song, where they sing at hospitals and medical centres and to victims of terrorist attacks. The choir has also visited Germany and sung at the sites of concentration camps.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Shabbaton Choir consisting of scrapbooks containing souvenirs of concerts and tours. Files include arrangements, publicity, photographs, messages of thanks and congratulation, concert programmes, orders of service.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in three sections:
LMA/4765/01: 'Official Archive files'
LMA/4765/02: Solidarity Through Song tours to Israel
LMA/4765/03: Tours abroad

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in September 2016.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Added November 2018.

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