A voice of devotion – lifting spirits, enriching souls through song.
Steven Leas – Chazan
It’s hard to believe that just some years ago, Steven gave up his career as an accountant and turned his world upside down in pursuing a life of song. There was always a passion for singing as evidenced by his early childhood roles in “The King and I “and “The Sound of Music”. He officiated as Chazzan of The Linksfield-Senderwood Hebrew Congregation in Johannesburg and started a successful wedding and barmitzvah band called Moodswing, as well as forming a recording studio and music company, “Stone Music” together with Michael Hankinson. Steven performed in many concerts in South Africa including, “Russian Exodus”, “Millennium Magic” and “Three Chazzans and a Cousin”, as well as appearing on numerous television shows and performing musical theatre favourites with all the major South African Orchestras. He sat on the board of the South African Music Education Trust in the company of President Mandela and Mimi Coertze whose aim it was to provide music education to previously disadvantaged South Africans. He sang with the Kwazulu Natal Orchestra prior to his departure to London, to a crowd of 7000 people in a concert called “The Musicals”.
Steven moved to London in 2002 and was accepted to the English National Opera “The Knack” programme. He soon landed the job of Chazzan of the prestigious Central Synagogue in the West End of London and appeared on his first of many CDs as Resident Chazzan of the London Jewish Male Choir. Steven is known for his Helden (Heroic) Tenor voice and for his renditions of Wagner, Verdi and Puccini arias.
Last year’s highlights include recording as soloist, the world premiere of the Commonwealth Cantata at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra as well as being presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace where he was invited to perform the Commonwealth Cantata together with The St. Martins in the Field Orchestra and 40 piece choir. He has appeared on numerous albums and launches his 2 albums “No More Numbers” and “1870″ this year.
Steven regularly appears in Concerts all over the world and has recently returned from as a sellout concert in Israel called the “Jewish Harmony Singers” together with Chazzanim Colin Schachat and Azi Shwartz and world-renowned pianist Raymond. He sits on the executive of the Jewish Music Institute, and together with them formed “Jewish Central” which puts on shows in the West End and runs Jewish courses and conventions. He regularly finds time to sing for Charitable causes and is particularly fond of the Holocaust Centre in London, which does outstanding work.
Traditional Jewish Wedding Music
Opera Arias and Show Tunes
Steven accompanied by
* Giardino String Quartet
* Giardino String Trio
* Giardino String Duo
* David Giardino – Solo Violin
* Violin and keyboard