Young Citizen: Hannah brought two choirs together with her singing skills

PUBLISHED: 17:50 08 November 2018

Talented singer Hannah Jacobi, 23, achieved distinction in her masters in music in 2017. She volunteers her time to conduct the choir of the East London and Essex Liberal (Elels) synagague which formed through a merger in January 2017.

Talented singer Hannah Jacobi, 23, achieved distinction in her masters in music in 2017. She volunteers her time to conduct the choir of the East London and Essex Liberal (Elels) synagague which formed through a merger in January 2017.


A talented 23-year-old singer who has volunteered her time to unite two of the borough’s Jewish choirs is this week’s Young Citizen.

Hannah Jacobi has studied singing since she was 11 and in 2017 achieved a distinction in her masters in music at Canterbury Christ Church University.

For around 10 years, her dad Richard Jacobi has been the Rabbi at Woodford Liberal Synagogue, in Marlborough Road, which became the East London and Essex Liberal synagogue nearly two years after merging with the former Bet Tikvah Synagogue, in Barkingside.

“As the synagogues merged we decided to merge their two choirs – and I volunteered to conduct.”

“It was great,” she said. “It was challenging.”

She spoke of difficulty in not using complex musical terminology and embracing the different melodies the two synagogues had developed for songs for occasions such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

“The liturgy is the same but the tunes will be different according to what each synagogue has adopted,” she explained.

She was nominated by choir administrator Tracey Grant, who said: “She is a talented musician who has given hours of her time, voluntarily, to support our choir, and conduct us for our High Holy Day services for the last two years.

“Not an easy task as we are all enthusiastic amateurs!

“Her encouragement and commitment has been deeply appreciated by all of us and there is no way we could have managed without her.”

Hannah is now three quarters of the way through studying to become a personal trainer.

She said: “I’m a really interested in the benefits of exercise on singing.”

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card.

The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards in March.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing

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