Cantor Johnny Gluck
February 25, 2017
Cantor Johnny Gluck

Born in Hungary his family went to Dublin where his father, Israel, had been appointed Chazan. In Dublin Johnny sang in his father's choir, as he continued to do when the family moved to Sydney, Australia, where Israel had been appointed Chazan at the Great Synagogue. After arriving in London to study young Johnny was appointed Chazan at the Western Synagogue when he was only 17.

At the age of 20 he went for a short while to the Great and New Synagogue in Manchester and, while he was there, he was invited to be one of the guest artistes at the annual Radcliffe Arts Festival, the first Chazan ever to participate in this event.

From 1970 - 1975, whilst he pursued his musical education at the Royal College of Music, he returned to London to become Chazan at the Marble Arch congregation.

In 1975, Johnny moved to Israel and was Chazan at the Great Synagogue in Raanana and, during his years in Israel he gave many concerts and appeared many times on Television and Radio.

In 1979 he was appointed Chazan at the prestigious Great Synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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