Our Soloists


David Shine


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.


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David Rome


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

Henry started singing in his local synagogue choir (West Ham) at 9 years old. After a varied formative career, firstly as choirmaster in West Ham from the age of 14 and then Birmingham Singers Hill (1971), he became part time Chazan at Singers Hill Synagogue alongside his profession in Dentistry.

Having served the Birmingham community as Chazan with distinction for 5 years, he moved back to London in 1990, where after forming and training a choir in Stanmore & Cannons Park Synagogue and became parttime Chazan (1995), He is no longer the incumbent at Stanmore Shul having retired in 2010 after 15years of service to the Stanmore Community.

With his rich, melodious and sensitive tenor / baritone voice, Henry has given pleasure to all the congregations he has served, as well as delighting audiences in the concert hall both in London and the Provinces. His association with the London Cantorial Singers goes back to its formation by Ian Lyons z”l both as a chorister and soloist.

Young Soloist

Rafi Sandford

Rafi started singing as a toddler and first sang Anim Zemirot at Chigwell Shul when he was 4 years old. Since then singing and music were always his favorite things to do. He started singing lessons a few years after that and he is currently getting ready for his Grade 4 singing exam. He is also currently studying for his grade 2 exam in rock guitar!

When he was 9 years old and after various auditions, he was lucky enough to be chosen to become the new boy soloist for the London Cantorial Singers. This has given him the opportunity to sing at many wonderful venues and events including Midnight Selichot at Raleigh Close Hendon and at Canary Wharf at the offices of HSBC, KPMG and Citibank for their Chanukah celebrations. In addition Rafi also sings at a number of special needs in old age homes including Norwood Ravenswood and Schonfeld Square.

With Rafi’s Barmitzvah just under a year away, he has tasked himself with trying to get 2021 smiles from his singing whilst trying to raise £2021 for Camp Simcha both by the time of his Barmitsvah in January 2021. As of February 2020 he has made some good progress and is hopeful to reach his Target!