Jewish Music Institute (JMI)

JMI – Where Jewish Music Lives

JMI is the home of Jewish music in the UK. They are based at SOAS at the University of London and are dedicated to the celebration, preservation and development of the living heritage of Jewish music for the benefit of people of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal is to inform and inspire audiences with an exciting, original programme of live performances, educational events and collaborative projects and to support musicians playing Jewish music across the UK enabling them to preserve this traditional heritage, create new work and reach the widest audiences.

Drawing Life: The Jewish Music Institute’s commission, Drawing Life, a multi-media composition about children in Terezin by Jocelyn Pook. Drawing Life is a dramatised song cycle with film and video, based on the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Featuring poems and drawings by Jewish children imprisoned in Terezin, Pook draws inspiration from the children’s creative spirit. The commission marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the disintegration of the Terezin concentration camp in 1944 and the thirtieth year of the Jewish Music Institute. It has now received substantial Arts Council England funding tour the UK in January 2016 and more details can be found here:

Summer Schools and events: JMI runs a series of Annual Summer Schools in Yiddish (Ot Azoy), Yiddish Song (Golden Peacock) and Klezmer (Klezfest) all details of these can be found at

SOAS, Education programmes, Lectures and Master classes:
JMI and SOAS co-fund the post of the Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, in memory of the great British Jewish Band Leader Joe Loss. The post is currently held by Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen.
Other aspects of the work at SOAS and JMI involvement in the academia can be found here:

And the schools programs here:

Newsletter: JMI produces a monthly Newsletter which informs the public about all its projects, Jewish music in the UK at large and forthcoming events both in London and across the UK. This can be subscribed to, for free, from any page on the JMI website here:

Podcasts: JMI produces podcasts on events it produces as well as to highlight, educate and inform others abput the people and the history of Jewish Music: they can be found here: and here:

Manchester Podcast: JMI interview Richard Fay, Ros Hawley, the L’chaim Kapelye and Max Dunbar of the Jewish Museum and that can found here: