Moshe Korn

Moshe M. Korn  1927-1985

Moshe M. Korn
1927-1985

Chazan Moshe Korn was born in 1926 and began his singing career when he was six years old in Frankfurt am Main. In 1934, one year after Hitler came to power, he left Germany for Palestine and in a very short time, became the leading soloist in the choir of the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv. As a seventeen year-old young man he already attracted very large congregations when he officiated as Chazan and it was evident that his fame would spread.

He possessed a clear tenor voice of considerable range and beauty. He studied in Tel Aviv, mastering a wide repertoire encompassing cantorial, Israeli and operatic items. In 1954, Moshe Korn was appointed chazan of the Bilu Synagogue.

In 1957 Chazan Korn moved to Germany to take up, initially a post in Frankfurt and later one in Cologne.

In 1960 Moshe Korn accepted a call to take up the highly prestigious post of Cantor at Hendon Synagogue in London, where he remained for the next twenty five years, greatly loved, admired and respected. He appeared in numerous well-attended charity concerts, supporting causes including Manchester Kollel, for whom he sang alongside Cantor Moshe Preis at a memorable concert in the New Century Hall in 1969 and the JNF for whom he sang alongside Cantor Leib Gluck in London’s Marble Arch Synangogue in 1974. His rendering of Maariv at the historic New Synagogue in 1972 at a choral service arranged by the Association of Ministers Chazanim of Great Britain in identification with Soviet Jewry was particularly moving.

For many years he was the leading soloist with the London Jewish Male Voice Choir.

Moshe Korn passed away at the early age of 59 on October 23rd 1985 (3rd MarCheshvan 5746) following several months of illness. There are a number of recordings of Cantor Korn in existence which demonstrate both the natural beauty of his voice and the professionalism of his technique.

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