Simon Spiro was born in London to refugees from German-occupied Europe. His father became a noted actor-singer in the Yiddish theater of London’s East End, and his mother was an accomplished singer. Spiro’s path to his own calling emerged also from his family’s cantorial tradition. He has become a leading interpreter of cantorial art, with a repertoire ranging from classical renditions of traditional European hazzanut to popular Yiddish song, and from contemporary Jewish musical styles to popular entertainment. Spiro received his cantorial training at Jews College, London, and he has subsequently held positions at major synagogues in England, Canada, and the United States. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger and has sung in many musical theater productions, including the lead role in Phantom of the Opera in the Far East.
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