bOYbershop is a quartet whose regular members are well-known, classically-trained Jewish musicians. It performs for concerts and weddings. Recent performances include a concert for Holocaust survivors at the London Jewish Cultural Centre and a performance for the Montefiore Heritage Day in Ramsgate. In 2015 the quartet will return to Ramsgate and perform at the Chichester Festival. Other performances have included concerts alongside the Zemel Choir and a performance for the Lord Mayor of London. The quartet has also recently recorded a CD of Sephardi and Ashkenazi melodies. The quartet's repertoire is quirky and varied, including liturgical music, classic barbershop numbers, special arrangements of Jewish tunes and comic numbers composed by its founder, Benjamin Wolf.
The quartet's original membership comprised Benjamin Wolf, Eliot Alderman, Marc Finer and Benjamin Seifert. Its current line-up comprises Benjamin Wolf, Eliot Alderman, Matthew Pochin and Gabriel Gottlieb, as well as regularly featuring tenor Will Petter. Its members are active as concert soloists, cantors and musical directors. Benjamin Wolf is Musical Director of the Zemel Choir, Belsize Square Synagogue, the Wallace Ensemble and the Royal Free Music Society, while also working as Lecturer in Music at Regent's University London. Eliot Alderman is Director of Music of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation, the oldest Jewish congregation in the British Isles. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, and regularly appears as both a Chazan and as an opera singer across the UK. Matthew Pochin and Gabriel Gottlieb both sing regularly as recital and oratorio soloists, as well as appearing with some of the UK's principal professional choirs.
We have also been joined on occasion by other singers, particularly Benjamin Cahn, Richard Newman and Chris Fish.