Mosaic Voices, founded by its Musical Director, Michael Etherton, is a professional a cappella choir dedicated to performing, preserving and commissioning new music from the Jewish tradition. It is the resident choir of one of Europe's most beautiful synagogues, the New West End Synagogue in London. In 2020, Mosaic Voices launches The Blue Book, a major new volume of choral works, arrangements and transcriptions of music from the British-Jewish tradition. Mosaic Voices' first album, The Blue Book, was released in 2018, and the group is currently working on its second album, due out at the beginning of 2021. The choir regularly commissions new music, including from its Composer in Residence Benjamin Till, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Listen to Mosaic Voices on BBC Radio 3
Check out Mosaic Voices most recent broadcast on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme singing Adon Olam (Feed the Birds) together with Cantor Marc Joseph. You can hear it at 4'54''.
The Blue Book Project 2020
This project, supported by Arts Council England, is focussed on breathing new life into the established English Jewish choral repertoire, and propelling it into the future through the commissioning and performance of four new works by composers of diverse backgrounds.
The Blue Book - 177 New Musical Scores Complete!
We are delighted to announce the completion of this unique volume of major new choral works, arrangements and transcriptions of music, both ancient and modern, from the British-Jewish tradition. The volume is the largest new collection of choral scores created for use in synagogues in Britain since 1933. Edited by Michael Etherton and Benjamin Till, the scores are available to download for free with a full book version to follow soon.
New West End Synagogue
Mosaic Voices is proud to be the resident choir of the stunning
New West End Synagogue in Bayswater, London. The foundation stone of the synagogue was laid on June 7th. 1877, and designed by architect George Audsley. Mosaic Voices sings at all regular and festival services for the synagogue.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, choral services at New West End are currently suspended.
Commissioning New Music
As part of the Blue Book Project, Mosaic Voices commissioned new works from three outstanding composers, following a call-out on BBC Radio 3 to composers across the UK and beyond. The winning composers were Meta Cohen, Anselm McDonnell and Eamonn O'Dwyer. A fourth work was composed by our Composer in Residence Benjamin Till. The new works were premiered in concert on February 16th 2020.
Upcoming Concert at the British Library
Thursday 8th October 2020 (postponed until March 2021)
Mosaic Voices will be in concert at the British Library Theatre in March 2021 with a beautiful programme ranging from 16th to 21st century choral music, and reflecting the major new exhibition, Hebrew Manuscripts.