The Art of Storytelling – Lubin from Chelm

Music from Wyastone – Studio Concert Series


David Yang  Lubin from Chelm


English Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods

Available from 1800 GMT, Friday 4th December 2020

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ESO’s ‘Art of Storytelling’ project presents world premiere recordings and broadcasts of five exceptional works for narrator and orchestra. From the cheeky humour of the Brothers’ Grimm to the touching tale of Hans Christian Andersen’s Ugly Duckling, and from the Jewish humour of Lubin from Chelm to the ancient Egyptian tale of The Warrior Violinist, this is classic family entertainment for the modern age at its finest, a powerful synthesis of great literature and great music.

About the Piece – Lubin from Chelm

A hilarious re-telling of the traditional English folk tale, Lazy Jack, relocated to the Ukrainian shtetl and brought to life with abundantly witty Yiddisch turns of phrase and evocative Klezmer musical stylings by Jewish-American compsoer David “Yankele” Yang and orchestrated by Kenneth Woods.

About the Composer – David Yang

Unholy offspring of a Chinese landscape photographer and Jewish yenta from Brooklyn, violist and composer David Yang has collaborated with members of the Audubon, Borromeo, Brentano, Lark, and Tokyo String Quartets, amongst others. David was raised in New York City and is currently Artistic Director of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.

An active advocate of new music, he is also leader of the Philadelphia-based children’s music troupe Auricolae (

Recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth on 30th & 31st July 2020