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Alexander Massey

Alexander Massey has performed internationally as a solo vocalist in the classical, opera, folk and jazz worlds. He has led prayer and singing for several communities, for regular services and High Holy Days, and is founder and curator of the Jewish Music UK network. He sings regularly for the Oxford Jewish community, providing solos for Yom Hashoah services in Paris and with the Oxford Council of Christian and Jews, and teaches and leads in the only Jewish Renewal community in the UK, the London Ruach Chavurah (Aleph affiliated). He has taught and performed at Limmud events, as well as in Jewish communities in the UK and Australia.

As a composer, Alexander has written choral pieces, liturgical and sacred songs, chants and nigunim, also arranging shabbat songs for voice and violin. Yedid Nefesh was selected in an international competition to be published by Transcontinental Music (USA) in 2011. His choral piece Ahavat Olam and setting of Psalm 87, 'Each Of Us' were premiéred in the 70th anniversary of the Council of Christians and Jews (2012). With Philip Clouts, he co-composed and recorded ‘Songs of Eden’, a meditation and song cycle based on the Tree of Life and kabbalistic texts from Torah and psalms. Their devotional concerts have been presented at Limmud Bournemouth, the Portland Festival of Sacred Music, and other venues around the UK. He was involved with the preparation (transcribing and proofreading) of Shirei HaT'fillot, Reform Judaism UK's 2011 publication of a comprehensive music book to complement their siddur (also contributing two compositions).

For the 44th Jewish-Christian Bible Week in Germany (Aug 2012), he was the featured performer, where he presented 'Modern Midrashic Melodies', an evening of his Hebrew and English songs, and nigunim. His musical settings offer searching commentary on religious text, and his poetic translations and English lyrics are themselves midrashic - staying close to the intent of the original. His - always memorably tuneful - music is in turns contemplative, yearning, majestic, celebratory, searing, mischievous, and peppered with sing-along choruses. It is a musical voice that links to the past and earlier traditions; to the present, by making it relevant to contemporary listeners; and to the future, by offering a new and exciting possibilities for innovation in Jewish liturgical music.