Sappir was formed by Rabbis Danny Bergson and Mitchell Goodman back in 2007. Together they explore Jewish melodies with the aim of making them accessible to a wider audience, fusing together many different genres including rock, pop and jazz.
They both are passionate about using music to uplift, inspire and bring people together.
Danny lives in London where he serves as the community rabbi in Pinner. Mitchell lives in Manchester and directs Jewish Education in Manchester. Ben Wiltshire is from Altrincham and is the resident bassist for the Cinnamon Club, but often travels as a bassist for cruise liners and other acts. Ben Hirsch is Manchester based and also a programme producer for the BBC when he’s not hitting drums.
Rabbi Danny Bergson has been playing guitar for over 15 years. He has spent many years training his voice classically with tutors from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and continues to train in Opera and traditional Cantorial music. He has played and sung at numerous weddings, ceremonies and venues around the UK over the past decade.
He has recently been involved in the world’s first multi-faith pop group under the direction of Jeff Chegwin and producer Nick Patrick producing the single “I Have A Dream” together with Reverend Tony Luke that aired on Radio 2.
Rabbi Mitchell Goodman has been playing and teaching guitar, composing and recording for over 20 years. Having studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology under Shawn Baxter and Dave Kilminster he went on to become an in-demand tutor and session player both in the UK and Israel and was a demonstrator for JJ Hucke Guitars. The author of three tuition syllabi for music students he teaches and plays at various music events nationwide.
He has produced and recorded guitar for many bands across a very wide musical spectrum spanning rock, jazz, metal, pop, soul, alternative and fusion. He was also the guitarist on Ze’ev Macklin’s ”Song of the Drums” projects.
Benjamin Wiltshire is a British musician, singer, composer and recording engineer. Ben studied Popular Music and Recording at Salford University where he studied under bassist Ollie Collins. A prominent bass player, Ben has contributed to dozens of albums as a session musician. He has also played many live concerts supporting the likes of Humphrey Littleton, Tony Bennett, Embrace and many more.
Ben has played bass, produced music and composed with several artists, including Gabriel Minnikin, The Nick Holmes Band, Kid Electric, California Bums & Milo Cho. He also regularly plays and directs musical theatre productions, including; High School Musical, Rats, Rocky Horror Show, Escape to the Forbidden Planet and Honk. You will find Ben currently playing live nationally and internationally with Dominic Halpin among other projects.
Ben Hirsch is a British drummer and percussionist with over 14 years of experience. Having trained under Dougie Black (who features on “Echoes”), Ben went on to perform as a session musician at many live concerts and on a number of studio recordings.
With a broad range of musical influences, he has developed a playing style that spans genres from rock, pop, jazz, orchestral, latin and show-tunes. Having been part of bands including Jeanie in the Radiator, Kid Electric, League Liege and The California Bums to name but a few, he’s always open to new ideas musically. Ben regularly teams up with bassist Ben Wiltshire to form a rhythm section that is a force to be reckoned with.