Each academic year, we welcome a new cohort of music students to become the Michael Kahan Kapelye, picking up the baton from the previous cohort – who we hope will continue playing together and form their own ensemble and perform at the various klezmer at Manchester events we organise each year (such as the annual Gathering for the Klezmorim for Chanukah concert at the Manchester Jewish Museum in December).

Writing now, the new cohort of klezmorim wait in the wings, ready to start their klezmer journeys with us in late September. What motivates them to join the ensemble? What are their expectations? How much do they already know about the worlds of klezmer? Have they played before?

Through this post, we invite them to share their thoughts (via a comment/response to this post) at the start of their MKK experience …..