Ilana Cravitz klezmer • baroque/classical • ceilidh  

Musical events that Ilana is involved with. For more details email

London Klezmer Quartet

London Klezmer Quartet gigs in 2017

Ilana plays regularly with her group, the London Klezmer Quartet. For LKQ gigs, dances, festival appearances and courses in 2017 and more information about Ilana's activities with the band visit

19 April - MostArt Cafe, Stoke Newington

20-23 April - Northern tour: New Mills, Spittal, Water Yeat, Skirwith

21 May - Chelsea Fringe (members of LKQ), N5

3 June - New Unity, Newington Green N16

6 June - Benslow Music, Herts

22 July - Festival BBB and #3xB (Boer, Bier en Bandjes), Den Bosch, Netherlands

3 August - Green Note, Camden NW1

Sunday 14 May


Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge

Klezmer Sunday

Presented by Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

4-7pm: workshops

7.30-10pm: concert

Workshops and klezmer dance with Ilana Cravitz (violin), Dave Shulman (clarinet), Judith Plowman (dance), Stephen Shulman (violin) and Nigel Waterhouse (accordion).

Concert Freylach Band followed by Chancery Blame & The Gadjo Club

Tickets for Klezmer Sunday:
Combined workshops £5, concert £15

Tickets for Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival:
Day £35, Weekend £59

Tickets will be available on the door, or in advance at

First Sunday of every month


Kings Cross, London

Klezmer  session

Confident players with a tune to share are invited to join us in The Harrison for the monthly klezmer session (upstairs).

Entry free

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JF 5 mins walk from Kings Cross station



Kings Cross, London

Eastern European jam

Not just klezmer, but Balkan music, Greek tunes and even some Turkish tunes...

This session is held monthly - contact for specific dates.

All instruments, ages and abilities welcome - both players and listeners!

Entry free

Downstairs Bar, The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JF 5 mins walk from Kings Cross station

5-7 June

Benslow Music, Herts

The Summertime Klezmer Course at Benslow

6 June at 8pm

Ilana and members of the London Klezmer Quartet return to Benslow Music for a residential summertime course designed for instrumentalists (including keyboard players) from all musical backgrounds, classical, folk or jazz.

Applicants must be of at least roughly grade 4 level (no formal qualifications needed), and an ability to read music helps, though it’s not essential.

LKQ’s coaching is all about interactive learning. They concentrate on repertoire and attention to melody, accompaniment and ornamentation, and if appropriate will also introduce dance elements to the course.

Oral and aural learning methods will help those unfamiliar with it acquaint themselves to the style more quickly. Putting music into its historical context is an important part of the course, as is the telling of stories of musicians past and present.

More information and course booking

Concert booking

6-11 August

SOAS, London

KlezFest 2017

Plus concerts & sessions throughout the week

Join the world famous music school and learn klezmer this summer at KlezFest 2017. You can expect:

  • Traditional klezmer; history, melodies, ornamentation, dance and accompaniment
  • Play music in ensembles and delve into improvisational techniques
  • Interpret scores, jam and perform to the public.
  • Lectures from the cutting edge of academic research
  • Hands-on tutoring from world leading experts.

If dancing is your thing, then join the Tants! course and focus on Yiddish moves all week with Guy Schalom. Details

The international faculty will feature some of the very best klezmer musicians from around the world, including:

Ros Hawley – Clarinet (UK) – Head of faculty
Ilana Cravitz – Violin (UK)
Susi Evans – Clarinet (UK)
Frank London – Trumpet (USA)
Lorin Sklamberg – Accordion (USA)
Christian Dawid – Clarinet (DE)
Sanne Moricke – Accordion (DE)
Guy Schalom – Percussion (UK)

More info and booking