Multi award winner Aviva Pelham has been an integral part of the Yiddish Song Festival since its inception, having starred in all and directed the first one.
Aviva immediately said yes when approached to participate in the first Yiddish Song Festival in 2001. Her professionalism, talent and innate connection to Yiddish song made a major contribution to the festival’s success.
That connection to Yiddish song was very evident especially on the occasions when her mother Santa Pelham joined her on stage. Her late father’s favourite song was Mazel, and in fact the 3rd Yiddish Song Festival in 2003 was called A Biesele Mazel and the show was dedicated to his memory. Aviva had sung both Mazel and A Biesele Mazel in 2002.
A Biesele Mazel is one of the numbers that is included in the musical documentary, and you would have seen a snatch of that if you had watched Simcha on Sunday 11 March on SABCTV2.
Aviva's dynamism and versatility have made her one of this country's most popular and valuable singers performing in an exceptionally wide range of styles including opera, operetta, musicals concerts, TV and radio. She has also performed in London and Paris, and is a part time lecturer at UCT's Opera School and holds a Masters in Music degree. 'Santa's Story' the recent adaptation of her mother Santa's journey of survival from Germany in the 1930's is told by Aviva through the songs of that period and highlights her strong connection to Yiddish song. Most recently she performed Santa’s Story in Melbourne after successful runs in several cities abroad including London and New York.
Aviva is passionate about healing through music, outreach projects and mentoring previously disadvantaged singers through VIVA the VOICES. Her generosity of spirit is immense and she has been amazingly supportive in fundraising for a huge range of worthy causes.
In ‘Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin’ you not only get to see and hear Aviva on stage, but you also hear some of her personal reflections on Yiddish song.
Don't forget to book for Leah, Teddy & the Mandlolin that will be screened on Sunday 18 March at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre at 5:30 and 7:30pm!