FRS is a community that loves music and encourages participation at every level. You are warmly encouraged to take part, whatever your ability, whether by joining one of our many regular musical groups or simply by singing along during services. Through the vision of Cantor Zöe Jacobs, music enriches many parts of FRS life: on Shabbat and on festivals, in our youth and adult education programmes, and at social events.
Here are some of the many musical options on offer:
We meet once a month on a Shabbat morning before the service, and sing Jewish music purely for the pleasure of it. There is no audition and you can come as often as you wish.
The FRS Choir
We sing beautiful four-part music on the High Holy Days and at events throughout the year. Some of us read music, others don't, but we’re all supported and have a great time singing together. We have a strong team ethic and commit to turning up regularly to rehearsals (which are usually fortnightly on Tuesday or Thursday evenings).
The Small Choir
This group sings on Erev Rosh Hashanah and at occasional events. We can each sight-read with confidence. If you have a lot of singing or choral experience and would like to join us, please do get in touch.
Friday Night Musicians
A group of mixed age and ability, we are guitarists and singers with an occasional drum or flute or any other instrument you can think of! This group is extremely informal and requires very little commitment: just a love of being part of the service-leading team on a Friday night from time to time, and the ability to follow chord sheets or play well by ear. Beginner guitarists and young singers are especially welcome to join us!
Rhythm 'n' Jews
The band that leads our family services always welcomes new adult members! You can join us to sing, or to play if you are confident and relaxed on your instrument. We rehearse and learn new music sporadically, according to the group's schedule. A subset of the Rhythm ‘n’ Jews band often accompanies our inclusive service, Shabbat B’Yachad.
We are a group of confident singers who help to lead the music on Shabbat morning, either alongside or in place of the cantor. If you come to Shabbat morning services with some degree of frequency and know the music well, we'd be happy to train you on (and off) the job!
If you’d like to join one of our existing groups, have something new to suggest, or simply have a question, please do get in touch with any of us: