In an electric atmosphere of incredible vocals and dancing, The London Girls Choir, this time, made up of 30 girls, showcased a variety of songs; some new and some classics in a much enjoyed performance.

The audience were dazzled by the beautiful harmonies of the choirs, the exquisite music arrangements and the inspiring messages of the songs.

In a special video presentation, the audience were treated to "A Day in the Life of The Shira Centre", watching the choir warm up, practice their routines and learn new harmonies and choreography, all in a warm, friendly and nurturing environment. 

The concert was presented and organised by the Beis Chinuch Mothers Committee.



The London Girls Choir (LGC) made its debut in Manchester with their fabulous performance in aid of the Aguda Hershel Weiss Children and Family Centre. The event was expertly coordinated and organised by Mrs Rela Adler, and Miss Suri Lederberger, and the large audience of ladies and girls truly appreciated the results, as the London Girls’ Choir ably led by Mrs Dena Cohen, provided a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Following the recitation of Tehillim led by Rebbetzen Kupetz, the event was opened by Mrs Yael Mendelsohn, a user of the Centre, who poignantly and dramatically described how much the Centre has done for her. Describing the Centre as totally apolitical and catering for all segments of the Manchester community regardless of their affiliation, Mrs Mendelsohn highlighted the uniqueness of the Centre, where absolutely everyone is made to feel so welcome.

Mrs Michelle Ciffer then spoke warmly welcoming the audience, and movingly telling them about Mrs Julie Showman, a very special and caring woman in whose memory the evening was dedicated. Mrs Ciffer also offered the audience a glimpse into the world of the Aguda Hershel Weiss Centre, after which the stars of the evening, the London Girls Choir swept onto the stage. Actually, calling it a choir does an injustice to them; the performance was so much more than just singing! The twenty five girls in the choir, who came from a range of schools in London, were all in Senior School – although there is also a Primary School division, they weren’t part of the Manchester performance. A few talented women, whom Mrs Cohen calls “My Ladies”, joined the main choir and the addition of their adult voices really enhanced the higher pitch of the younger girls. The girls were confident and graceful, as they sang and danced around the stage, adding much drama and meaning to the songs. Colourful costumes and a variety of spotlight effects added to the overall atmosphere. The songs which were in turn, poignant, lively, moving and rousing, covered a wide gamut of classic, traditional songs, as well as many English songs which were written or adapted by Dena Cohen herself. Beginning with a lively song entitled “I can”, and ending with a stirring rendition of “Moh Yogel”, the LGC made a wonderful impression of the excited audience. By the end, the girls in the crowd were enthusiastically participating in the singing an encore of the last number was performed to their delight.

Halfway through the proceedings, the choir stopped for a short interval, enabling the girls to have a well-deserved break, and come out and meet the audience. Before resuming, Mrs Ciffer once more thanked the various people involved in producing the evening and also to draw the raffle, during which one lucky woman won a sheitel courtesy of Shaindy’s studio.

The evening was arranged as a fund raiser for the annual Summer Trips which the Centre has been providing for the community for quite a number of years. Mrs Ciffer, Manager of the Children’s’ Centre, runs many different projects throughout the year, but the Simmer Trips, by her own admission, is the project which is closest to her heart. The trips, which are offered at extremely attractive prices, are almost a lifesaver for the many families in the community who can’t afford to go away for the summer holidays, and Mrs Ciffer is always looking for ways to raise funding for the trips.

by Bezalel Cohen and Devora Rudstien.