Alyth mu­sic di­rec­tor re­tires on a high note

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A CEL­E­BRATED com­mu­nal fig­ure has been given a huge mu­si­cal send­off ahead of her retirement af­ter this Shab­bat.

Viv Bellos was di­rec­tor of mu­sic at North Western Re­form — also known as Alyth — in north-west Lon­don for 35 years, as well as tak­ing charge of the shul’s drama pro­gramme.

More than 400 guests at­tended the re­cep­tion, which saw 100 of the choir singers who Mrs Bellos has led over the years hon­our her with songs.

The choirs, made up of per­form­ers aged five to 85, came to­gether for a spe­cially com­mis­sioned work by com­poser Meir Finkel­stein, en­ti­tled Ezrat Avoteinu.

Mrs Bellos said that it had been “a joy” to be a vi­tal part of the Alyth com­mu­nity for so long.

The shul’s min­is­ter Mark Gold­smith said that “as rab­bis we could not have wished for a bet­ter part­ner in the task of build­ing com­mu­nity”.

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