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Jonny is a lead soloist with the Shabbaton Choir, having sung at the annual Choral Midnight Selichot service together with Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld for the past 16 years. Together with the choir, his expressive and melodious singing has featured in many concerts both in England and abroad.
As the proud grandson of two Holocaust survivors, Jonny takes pride in officiating at many of Anglo-Jewry's official commemorative events including the national Holocaust Memorial Day service.
Aside from a career as a Chazan, after graduating from UCL with a first class honours degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, he recently attained a distinction in a MSc in Speech and Language Therapy. As a registered Speech and Language Therapist Jonny specialises in the assessment and management of people with voice disorders.
After officiating as part-time Chazan at Mill Hill Synagogue for two years, and Chazan of Edgware United Synagogue for a further four years, Jonny was appointed Chazan of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue in 2011.
Chazan Jonny Turgel
Over the past 15 years, Jonny has studied under various professors of voice from internationally recognised schools, following the traditional Bel Canto technique. More recently Jonny has begun to explore other methods used in Musical Theatre, to add variety to his performance and repertoire.
His training in nussach and chazanut has taken a similar route, studying under several accomplished chazanim both in London and Israel in order to create his own unique blend of chazanut to shape a style which appeals to the masses of our generation.
Jonny was born in London in 1984 into a family where his love for music and davening was encouraged from an early age.