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The Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation of London. "Kahal Kadosh Shaar Hashamayim". was established in 1656 and is the oldest Jewish community in the British Isles.

This collection of sites is devoted to the Kahal's rich musical tradition, and consists of the following sites:

The Ark at Bevis Marks Synagogue
Photo (c) Jonathan Cohen 2000


An archive containing almost the entire cantorial repertoire of the congregation; those parts of the service led by the "hazzan" (reader). Recordings by Revd. Halfon Benarroch.


An archive of recordings of the Shabbat Torah readings (INCOMPLETE).


An archive of recordings of the haftara (readings from the Prophets) for Shabbat and special occasions, and the accompanying blessings.

Related content:

Congregational Melodies

A selection of congregational melodies, as sung by the choir and congregation during services.

Choral Performances

Recordings from 2011 and 2012 featuring the choir.

London S&P Choir on YouTube

A selection of videos from 2011 of the choir at a celebration concert.

London Sephardi Music

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen's extensive and developing site on this subject with many recordings.

Copyright: All recordings on this site are Copyright © 1997, 2023, The Society of Heshaim, Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London. Individual, not-for-profit use is allowed and encouraged. Commercial use of any kind is prohibited without permission in writing from the Society of Heshaim. This website was proposed and created by Rabbi Jonathan Cohen in 2010. It is corrected and updated from time to time by him on a voluntary basis.Last update: October 2023.Contact for questions, comments and suggestions about the site: jonathan.e.cohen [at] gmail.com