The opera, 'King Ahaz' was written in Yiddish by Samuel Alman, probably Britain's foremost composer of Jewish liturgical music. Alman made a major contribution to synagogue music with choral arrangements of traditional tunes.
In 2005 the choir was featured in a Chandos recording of Ernest Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Simon.
In recent years the choir has reached out to non-Jewish audiences through appearances on the BBC. Its annual festival of Jewish Choral Music, called 'Celebrate with Song' aims to bring Jewish music to audiences and amateur singers of all denominations.
On Sunday June 14, 2009, the choir will perform 'Celebrate with Song' at St. John's, Smith Square with a program of American Jewish choral music featuring composers Gershwin, Lehrer, Weill and more.
Talented young British conductor Benjamin Wolf has been conductor of the Zemel Choir since 2003.
Living in Harmony Jewish music section