Platinum - Celebrating Israel at 70

Join us for a breathtaking evening of live music, dance and art to celebrate Israel at 70.

Headline act Balkan Beat Box Soundsystem will perform their signature mix of world music, jazz, electronica, hip hop and everything in between with special guest singers Ethiopian Israeli Gili Yalo, Shai Tsabari and Yemenite all-star female group A-WA. They will be joined by Vertigo, Israel’s leading contemporary dance company, making their debut UK performance on the night and classical string quartet Gilad Ephrat Ensemble and other exceptional guests, creating an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall.

The event is being held at the Royal Albert Hall (Kensington Gore, Kensington, London, SW7 2AP) from 7.30pm on Thursday 24th May 2018.

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A-WA (pronounced Ay-Wa) is a band formed by 3 sisters who combine music inspired by the ancient oral history of Yemenite women’s chanting with electronic dance music. Their debut album Habib Galbi brings unique identity with a lot of groove, electronics and a brand new desert beat fragrance. Through their warm and genuine music, that breaks through language barriers and boundaries, A-WA has been making people dance worldwide, embracing all generations and walks of life.

Check them out here.

Balkan Beat Box Soundsystem

The Israeli electronica–world fusion outfit promise to bring a variety of exciting sounds to London. A mixture of world, jazz, electro, hip hop and everything in between will be sure to keep your body dancing and your mind mesmerised. This hugely talented band features the widely celebrated former Gogol Bordello member, Ori Kaplan. Tonight, BBB bring their new project, the Balkan Beat Box Soundsystem, to the UK for the very first time.

Check them out here.

Gilad Ephrat Ensemble

Gilad Ephrat, who is also a composer and a double bass player, is the visionary creator of the ensemble. Through a new approach to string ensemble performance, the four musicians take their instruments (violin, mandolin, cello, double bass) to the limits of their physical abilities, thereby unveiling the fascinating potential of strings. The unique dialogue among the instruments exchanging roles of melody and accompaniment gives birth to exciting ensemble playing that sweeps the listener into a new world of captivating sounds.

Gili Yalo

Gili Yalo is one of the most intriguing new musicians in the music scene in Israel. From his base in Tel aviv, Gili Yalo has launched a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with Soul, Funk, Psychedelic and Jazz music. Gili Yalo, who has collaborated with top music producers Beno Hendler and Uri Kinrot (Boom Pam), incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a contemporary music production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic.

Check him out here.

Olga Senderskaya

Israeli soprano Olga Senderskaya was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, studying in Russia and Paris with Ileana Cotrubas.

Olga’s concert career has taken her to St. Petersburg, Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Berlin Vienna, Shanghai and Beijing under the batons of Maestri Zedda, Mehta, Chaslin, Jurowsy and Xu Zhong.

She has performed the title role in ‘Semiramide’ and Michaela (Carmen), and Adele (Fledermaus) with both the Israeli and the Haifa Symphony Orchestras.

Shai Tsabari

A unique vocalist who is responsible for these voices, shouts, whistles and applause now moves to center of stage and brings a new spirit to the words of ancient poets Rabbi Saadia Gaon to Ibn Gabirol to Ahuva Ozeri, a show whose charm is breaking the barriers between the artist and audience and combines the traditional and the contemporary.

Shai’s cooperation with Ahuva Ozeri “Me’Alai Demama”, the theme song of an album tribute recently released, which is attended by Berry Sakharof, Ehud Banai, Maor Cohen, Rona Kenan and more. The song became a hit in the Israeli radio stations and was highly regarded among critics and music lovers.

Check him out here.

Vertigo Dance Company with th Revolution Orchestra present White Noise

The award winning contemporary dance company Vertigo was founded by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al in Jerusalem in 1992. Tonight they will present the premiere of White Noise, a sensational coproduction of the Vertigo Dance Company and the Revolution Orchestra that weaves together 11 dancers and 11 live musicians, presenting the audience with an inspiring dialogue that embodies the complexity of human life in the constant changes of the modern age.

Check out the trailer here.

*Final line up subject to change

The event is jointly hosted by:

Jewish Leadership Council

The JLC brings together the major organisations of the Jewish community and key individual leaders. It encourages cohesion and cooperation within the Jewish community on internal, local, national and international issues. It fosters and encourages practical cooperation, collaboration and the promotion of best practice across the Jewish Voluntary Sector.


For nearly 100 years UJIA has been building meaningful connections between the UK Jewish community and the people of Israel. Generation after generation of UK Jewry have benefited from UJIA programmes that nurture lifelong connections to Israel, whilst in Israel itself, our educational and welfare initiatives impact tens of thousands of lives each year.

Israel Bonds

Development Company for Israel (International) Ltd/Israel Bonds - a broker/dealer authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to arrange deals for securities issued by the State of Israel in the EU – ranks among Israel's most valued economic and strategic resources. Praised for its dependability, they have helped build every sector of Israel's economy.

Genesis Philanthropy Group

Genesis Philanthropy Group’s mission is to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide. They are committed to supporting and launching projects that are focused on ensuring that Jewish culture, heritage, and values are preserved in Russians-speaking Jewish communities across the globe.

The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation

The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation is one of the leading charities in the UK. To date, the Ronson family and their related business interests have made donations now worth in excess of £100 million to charitable causes. In addition, the Ronson family has raised close to £200 million for charities at home and abroad.

The Jewish Chronicle

Founded in 1841 The Jewish Chronicle is the world’s oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper. With no proprietor nor commercial shareholders, the Jewish Chronicle Trust guarantees its editorial independence. News coverage ranges from investigations to reports of communal activities, with context provided by leading commentators and cultural figures.