David Shine’s interest in Chazanut began as a young boy. He was inspired by the Chazanim in Nottingham where he grew up, firstly by the late Rev Aaron Hiller and then by Rev Maurice Schwartz. He conducted High Holy Days Services in Staines at the invitation of Rev L Rosenberg, whose daughter Janet he was married for 43 years until her passing. He recently married Irene Shapiro from Zichron Yaakov, Israel and they live in Golders Green.
He learnt voice production under the late John Hargreaves; then under Tony Maddison and now under Leslie Seymour. He studies Chazanut under Cantor Moshe Haschel. David believes fervently that the aim of the Chazan is to use the Chazanut and vocal techniques to reflect the various layers of meaning in the prayers. Although seeking to be a faithful follower of the liturgical tradition he does occasionally insert changes in traditional chazanut compositions so as to reflect the true meaning of the words. David also sings Yiddish and operatic pieces in concert to critical acclaim. He is a solicitor by profession.
In 1973 he was appointed Chazan of the North Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, which he served for 30 years. He has officiated as guest Chazan and performed at concerts in London and in the provinces. David was introduced to the London Cantorial Singers in 1997 by Ian Lyons z”l. He serves on the choir’s executive committee and is one of its lead cantors. David is a lyric tenor.
David Rome was born into a distinguished Anglo-Jewish family where his love for both music and prayer was encouraged from an early age. He is the grandson of Rabbi Judah Rockman, z’l, an esteemed ambassador of British Jewry for over half a century.
At the age of 18, David became Chazan at one of London’s most prestigious congregations – Ilford United Synagogue. Having completed his Cantorial training under the guidance of Cantor Stephen Robins, David has become a renowned wedding singer and has served as Chazan at Cockfosters and N Southgate, and Woodside Park Synagogues. He is now the full time Minister of the Catford and Bromley Synagogue and is creating a new vibrancy within the community.
For two years, he led services at Mill Hill Synagogue on a regular basis, as well as directing the Nussach Hatefilla programme at Hasmonean High School.
David has been a leading soloist with the London Cantorial Singers since 2006, performing both nationally and internationally. In 2008, David was invited to perform at the “Chanukah in Trafalgar Square” ceremony, where he had the honour of perfoming in the presence of 5,000 people as well as the Mayor of London.
Concomitantly with his musical accomplishments, David has also pursued a degree in Humanities, graduating in 2011 from University College London with a BA Honours degree. He is an accomplished pianist, with a wide repertoire ranging from Jazz to Cantorial music.
David has been acclaimed for bridging the gap between traditional and modern Jewish music. Through his musical endeavours, he aims to “enhance the beauty of the services within the framework of the traditional modes of prayer, interlaced with a modern musical outlook.”
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Cantor Henry Black