The Jerusalem Cantors Choir was established in 1972 by a select group of students of the late Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Rivlin of Blessed Memory. Rabbi Rivlin was the founder of the “Shirat Yisrael Institute”. The choir’s repertoire includes Cantorial, liturgical, Yiddish, Chassidic and Israeli works.

The 32 members of the choir are all Cantors and Prayer Leaders – Tenors, Baritones and Bass singers, who view their involvement with the choir as a service for the public good. Members of the choir come from all walks of life. Among the members are attorneys, bankers, media personalities, educators, doctors and retirees. The Choir often performs Shabbath prayers and public events at religious Kibbutzim as well as other locations throughout Israel. The JCC appeard on Israeli TV as well as various radio stations. The choir has gone on international tours. Latest tours have included trips to the US, Canada, France, England and Germany (LLF 2011). Last year the Choir was invited to the „Festiwal Singera“ in Warsaw (a tribute to Polish-born Jewish American Nobel Prize-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer) and performed a concert in Budapest.

Paul Salter graduated with an Honors degree in solo piano from the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in the UK in 1983. After three further years of study at the RNCM, he emerged with two postgraduate degrees in accompaniment.
Whilst resident in the UK Paul gave concerts in Manchester, London and Europe. He made appearances on BBC TV and Radio and Independent TV. Paul conducted many shows for the Manchester Jewish Theatre Company for whom he was the Musical Director. He was the accompanist for the Manchester Jewish Male Voice Choir for many years and accompanied many world-famous Chazanim including Josef Malovani, Asher Heinowitz, Yaakov Motzen, David Bagley, Benzion Miller and Chazan Binyamin Muller.

On emigrating to Israel in 2000, Paul became the founding Musical director of the Capitol Music Theatre and musically directed many shows for the Jerusalem English-speaking Theatre and the Beit Hillel University Theatre Workshop. He is the joint founder of the Encore Educational Theatre and has conducted several highly acclaimed productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas and Broadway classics. Paul conducted the Israel Chamber Orchestra in two concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum in 2006 and 2007 as well as the the National Festival Orchestra in two operas as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. He studied conducting at the Jerusalem Academy with Maestros Mendi Rodan, Stanley Sperber and Yvgeny Tsirlin.

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