undefinedLKQ London Klezmer Quartet

Immerse yourself in the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish eastern Europe. Course tutors will introduce you to the elements that make this genre unique via a selection of fantastic repertoire provided as sheet music.


Resident: £305 Non-Resident: £225 Code: 20/20W

What is the course about?

The London Klezmer Quartet returns for a course designed for instrumentalists (including keyboard players) from all musical backgrounds - classical, folk, world or jazz. Applicants must be of at least roughly Grade 4 level (no formal qualifications needed), and an ability to read music is essential as the course will be taught mainly using written music. The LKQ’s coaching is all about interactive learning. They concentrate on repertoire and attention to melody, accompaniment and ornamentation, and if appropriate will also introduce dance elements to the course. Oral and aural learning methods will help those unfamiliar with it acquaint themselves to the style more quickly – though we hope for many return visitors! Putting music into its historical context is an important part of the course, as is the telling of stories of musicians past and present. Included in the course fee is entry to the tutor concert on the Saturday evening.

Tutor website: www.londonklezmerquartet.com

What will we cover?

Klezmer modes

Different types of tunes and dances

The sound of traditional klezmer

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Recognise a common klezmer mode

Understand how rhythm and tempo work in klezmer dances/music

Play some traditional ornamentation

Recognise the tempo and rhythmic differences between the four most common klezmer dance genres

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Ability to read music required

Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will be taught in groups of various sizes, including instrumental sections and large and small ensembles. No preparation is required.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

A small sample of tunes and a modes sheet will be provided in advance.

The tutors will bring folders of music which students will have the opportunity to purchase at nominal cost, as well as a klezmer how-to book which will be available at discount on the RRP.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Recording device


What previous participants said about this course…

“It's a great way of expanding your musical experience and freeing your playing.”

“It's an immersive but utterly unintimidating experience which gives you the chance to get up close with fantastic musicians living and thriving in one of the world’s most special folk traditions.”

“Great diversity of tutors and their musical skills – major individual talents.”

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Tuesday 7 January 2020. Non-Nember and Online booking opens at 9am on Monday 3 February 2020. For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking see here.