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Looking Back at 2016 & Happy New Year!

December 31, 2016

It is wonderful to reflect on the year and to look forward to the new year of 2017
and to thank many people that have made this year so special for me.
I started 2016 by filming the video for my song “Free Will”.
It was directed by Charles H. Joslain and we completed it recently, after an idea by my husband Simon, showing the story of me as a little girl sitting at the piano and demonstrating my own Free Will and growing into the women that I am today.

My husband was inspired by a photo we found of me sitting at a piano as a child
and it’s a nice closure for me.

Press on the photo to watch the video of ‘Free Will’ –

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A big thank you to Rupert Truman who filmed the new footages of the piano and as always capturing my journey this year through photographs.

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Thanks to Charles Joslain and his team at the Central Film School.
Thanks to Gagik Karagheuzian for editing the video which, coincidentally was completed on the very same day that I composed the song on Christmas Eve all those years ago.

This year, the Jewish Festival Hanukkah also fell on Christmas Eve and is a perfect time to bring the message of celebrating light that the message of the song is all about.

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In 2016 I released my single ‘A Love Song For You’ from the album of the same name.
The song was written as a surprise for my husband on our wedding day and I co-wrote it with Barry Upton, who has achieved global success with hits over the last three decades.

tally-koren-a-love-song-for-you_single_itunesThe wonderful Regional Radio team of Hart Media were involved in the campagne, spearheaded by the vibrant Jo Hart who introduced me to Cat Hockley from Fifth Element PR – thank you. It was also a real pleasure working with the National Radio promotersLisa Davis and Mike Armstrong.

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For the release of the single I re-edited the video of the song with the help of Boyd Skinner who has been so loyal to me throughout the years – thanks Boyd!
The video premier was featured on the front page of the Female First magazine.

press on the photo to watch the wedding video :

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I was also invited by the TV station London Live for a thirty minute interview
with Vanessa Baffoe.

press on the photo to watch the interview:12928298_860467867409272_8600419452400050743_nThanks must also go to Robin Marsh and Margaret Ali for inviting me to speak at the House of Lords about Peace and Reconciliation.
This subject is so very important to me, though as a singer, it is easier for me to sing than to talk, so my heart was beating extra beats, especially after hearing the oratory talents
of Lords Eames OM. The biggest surprise for me was when Lord Eames concluded the meeting by saying that he was touched by my speech. So filled with Israeli Chutzpah, I spoke to him at the end and told him about my vision to have an event and to invite influential women from different Nationalities and Professions from around the World to discuss peace and to show the strength of the women through simple communication and to emphasise the
similarities of our cultures.

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The event did happen and I would like to thank Lord Eames with all my heart for giving me that opportunity and believing in my vision of putting the emphasis
on building bridges.

I also had a very inspiring event on International Women’s day and would like to thank the main speakers Baroness Blood, the former Mayor of Enfield, Katie Anula the Palestinian Women’s right activist Ahalam Akram. We were entertained by the Bristol TV stars Livvy and Chrissie.

I have edited a special version of my song Free Will , starting with the piano version and ending with the Latin version in the hope that it will make everyone dance.

press on the photo to watch my performance of Free Will at the House of Lords

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The launch of my album ‘A Love Song For You’ was at the heart of Piccadilly with great musicians and great guests, so I’d like to thank everyone who was there and especially Phil Curran who co produced the album with me.

For the first time in history  I used the words of Mozart himself from a letter that he wrote to his wife when and  made my own adaptation –   ‘One Million Kisses’ – to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488

To watch the performance at the Launch Event press on the photo:

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I had a lovely birthday gift in May from my Lebanese friend, the journalist and actress Lina Kay and accompanied her to the Queens Palace Garden Party and it was a day to remember.

To read the full blog with special tips of how to get ready  for the Queens Palace Garden Party press on the photo:

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In July I was invited again to Birmingham to perform in front of the
Muslim Women’s charity BTM.
It was an important event and I recieved such a very warm welcome and I would love to thank Davinder Prasad from BOPA for inviting me to sing not only there but at other events in the Midlands.
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In August I was very privileged to be on the stage at the Shalom festival in Edinburgh and sing Jerusalem of Gold amongst other songs. It was very special for me to be at this Festival as a former fringe award winner but especially for the importance of its statement. Special thanks to Nigel Gooddrich for organising such an event.

To watch the performance  of Jerusalem of Gold at the Shalom Festival press on the photo:

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Thanks to the Director Arnie Voysey of the video ‘Just Want to be Loved by You’
The video illustrates the life of a women captured in a golden cage and breaking out to became a free women and it was featured in Music Week.

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Patricia Teitelbaum deserves special thanks too for inviting me In October to sing at the Antwerp Peace Festival and to my musicians Dean Ross and Antonio Soto who accompanied me. Standing on the stage in the heart of the City singing Hatikvah was a very emotional moment in my year.
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In November I met with the Archbishop of York at his Palace and what an inspiring man he is. He kindly presented me with a signed copy of his latest book Agape Love Stories which you really should read.

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On the same day I met with Steve Kay, the winner of a competition I was running in September, who is a fan and supports me through social media. We met in York and it was good to hear his feedback about my music .
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It was lovely to be involved in important Charity events throughour the year and singing raises peoples hearts, so I would like to thank Keith Best for taking both myself and Kate Anoula back to Enfield – a town were I lived first when I came to London.

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Thanks for my friend Barbara Dingle who introduced me to many people this year and to Bota Hopkins who invited me to sing at the Lansdowne Members club for a Christmas reception with prestigious guests including HRH Princess Katherine Karađorđević and Prince Mohsin Ali Khan of Hayderabad.

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photo above by Oliver Oxygen Visuals

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I thank and I bless every moment of this year and feel very excited about next year.
Happy New Year to all of you and I hope you’ll be inspired by my song ‘Free Will’ to choose moments that are best for you and for the World!

The Carmel Forest Spa -Heaven for the Guests ! 

August 23, 2016

For years and years the carmel forest was a big part of my life . I remember our weekend family visits to the area and also with the scouts and I left it all behind to live in the big city Tel Aviv and then London .

I have been working as a freelance journalist at the start of my stay and had a colum about holistic life at the Israeli magazine Alondon ,which gave me a great pass to many nice spas in the uk and over the world . 

Last week , I went to israel to recharge before my performance at the Shalom Festival in Edinburgh and  I found the spa I was looking for .


A spa that gives you an instant feeling of wellbeing for me it was even more a spa that brings me back home .

I took for my short visit my wonderful mother that she is 81 in September and it was my birthday gift for her. My mother is from polish origins and who ever know anything about polish mothers they are very critical. But it’s my mother own words that gave the title to the blog A heaven on Earth .


Please look at the site and see what deals they have .

https://www.isrotel.co.il/carmel-forest/
I was only for one night and felt great after but I wish I was two nights .

What made extra special and help me to relax so fast was the best hot stone treatment for 80 minutes .

I was extremely moved to find out that the therapist was not only Arab but a Muslim that lives in Haifa her name is Zeda  which strengthen my message that there is co existence in israel we just need to nourish it more !

The Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

May 27, 2016

I recently had the wonderful honour of attending the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

So many people have asked me ‘how does one get to be invited to such a prestigious event?’

It’s a simple yet wonderful story of friendship and how an instant understanding of how beliefs and ideas can sometimes gel when you meet someone for the first time.

A while ago, I invited the Lebanese journalist and actress Lena Kay to be a speaker at an event I organised with the kindness of Lord Eames at the House of Lords for  International Women’s day. Prior to the event, we sat together in a Lebanese restaurant enjoying the wonderfully similar cuisine of my grandmother’s recipes when she lived in Lebanon many years ago.

We discussed the agenda and my vision of the event and we shared many ideas about possible collaboration in the future. It was a really joyful evening and it was clear that a great working relationship and even a potential friendship was in the making.

As I reflected on that evening, I thought how lovely it is that in London things like that can happen and how different cultures can come together with such positive harmony. I then got a WhatsApp message from Lena the following day asking me if I wanted to come to the Royal Garden Party as her guest and I of course replied with a resounding YES!

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Posing for the camera at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel

Photos by Daniel Balica

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Off to the Palace wearing the most comfortable wedges by Pons Quintana

IMG_9686 Searching for the end of the queue, but every moment was a joy! 

Leading up to the special day, I had to decide what to wear.
My love of vintage clothes took me to Camden Town and Notting Hill and then on to the Sunday vintage fair in Hammersmith, where I often find unique dresses for my performances.
The world is so small and I was so lucky to end up speaking to a wonderful lady about the Palace Garden Party and what I should wear and some of the rules and guidelines that I should follow.
She spoke with authority as she was herself in those parties and events and she even showed me the dress and hat she wore to the last garden party.
I loved the dress and fascinator immediately and bought it.
Though it was beautiful, I knew I could work with my dressmaker and with some changes, I could make it even more special and uniquely mine!
The joy of seeing so many beautiful dresses and hats on that day is a treat for someone who loves fashion.
Beautiful pastel colours and flowers dominated the afternoon and interestingly many people were wearing dresses from the collection of the talented Ted Baker.
Everyone looked wonderful.
Suprise, suprise it rained on the day and one tip that I would share with you is not to wear high heals on wet grass.
I’m so pleased I chose wedges and they were not only great on the grass but so comfortable for the hours of standing required.
If you have the privilege of being invited to the Garden Party, can I suggest that you turn up early as it takes so long to get in and then to stand in various queues for delicious cakes and canapés. You can imagine how everyone wants to see the Queen, which involves  yet more queuing and standing about in the hope of talking to Her Majesty.
The personalised invitations offered helpful tips regarding protocols such as not taking photographs and not bringing in our mobiles, though some people flouted these instructions and those that did, were promptly reprimanded by security personnel.
I was shocked by the sheer volume of guests which can range from four to eight thousand, so if you are invited, do plan ahead as much as you can and don’t leave anything to the last moment.
Also, don’t underestimate the time it takes to move around the stunning grounds and then you can really enjoy the once in a lifetime Buckingham Palace experience .

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The best Vanilla Ice Cream in the World by Marshfield Farm 

 

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Handmade fascinator, Jacket, Dress – http://www.vintagevalentina.net, Hair  by Anna Hannon -Supercut, Earings – Sally Greville-Smith and Vintage bag  – Hammersith Vintage Fair, Chanel neckless.

Dressmaker – Bozena Wnorowska

Wedges – Pons Quintana.

Makeup : Eyeshadow – Diorshow Mono 616 Pulse,  Mascara – Diorshow Black, Lipstick -Chanel – 90 Pimpante, Eyeliner – Long-wear Gel – Bobbi Brown, Foundation – Mac  Studio Tech and Sunbasque Blush, Primer Hourglass – Mineral Primer, Secret Brightening powder- Laura Mercier,  Eye Base Essentials – Linen Trish Mcevoy, Eyelashes – Salonsystem, Nails polish- Essie Limo-Scene.

The Most Romantic & Beautiful Place in the World: The Amalfi Coast

June 11, 2015

I had the most lovely Wedding Anniversary this year. Dining first at Montinplie romantic restaurant in Knightsbridge and then going to the Royal Albert Hall to see the performance of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga which was amazing .

However my favourite Anniversary was a year ago in the Amalfi Cost most amazing hotel ever -Il SARACENO .

Through the years the Amalfi coast had attracted million of tourists and people who like to celebrate special occasions in that magical part of the world .

The famous movie and one of my favourites, Il Postino – The Postman was filmed in Positano .

I went there for a few days on a holiday to celebrate my 4th Anniversary and I couldn’t recommend a better place than the Hotel Saraceno is definitely the most outstanding hotel complex located in one of the most enchanting spots around the world.

There is original features.

In all the areas of the Amalfi coast you have to climb all day long walks up and down, so I must say if you got any knee problems I wouldn’t recommend it. A positive thing is that the hotel got an inner elevator that takes you straight to the pool and the beach. Still there are a few steps to climb but compare to other places this one is ideal .

The hotel’s got few restaurants and the one where we celebrate our Anniversary served the most divine food. It is also located in a perfect place between the Amalfi coast and Positano and if you need to get around there are bus stops just outside the hotel.

There is a few ways to get to the hotel or Positano- the most economic way is to take a bus to Sarrenti and then taking a ferry to Amalfi . From there there are buses to Positano that pass by the hotel or a taxi which is a short journey.

That way it’s quite nice to go on the ferry and see the beaute of the Amalfi Cost .If you want to enjoy the hotel more and get there quicker a taxi can be arranged in advance with the hotel and costs around 100 euro.

Enjoy !

www.saraceno.it

‘Free Will’ – The One Song to Inspire Millions – Campaign !

February 7, 2015

As story growth through sharing, you can be part of a very exciting campaign and share your story to inspire millions.

It’s very simple, all you have to do is to share with us, what is that you want to change or have changed already to improve in your life, the community or the world.

My vision is having as many people as possible sharing positive things and then putting them together to a very inspiring video to inspire others to make a change.

To submit –

1. Share with us your story, either with written word, filming on iPhone 1-3 minute video, an audio recordings, Inspiring – photograph, poem, quote or a song.

You can either send it to us to tckproduction@gmail.com and we will post it, or just tag Tally Koren if you want to share it on your profile.

2. If you like can can tell us what have inspired you to do it .

3. What is the impact of your action either on your life, the community or the world.

YouTube link – https://www.youtube.com/tallykoren

Post on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tallykorenofficial

Twitter – https://twitter.com/tallykoren

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/tallykoren

If you’ll like to take part but stay anonymous send us your story and we won’t include your name.

By submitting your material you give us the right to edit your material only for the purpose of inspiring others and not for commercial use.

Looking forward to be inspired by your stories !

Coventry is a Truly Wonderful Place of Reconciliation

January 22, 2015

I had the most delightful visit to Coventry when I was invited to sing at a BOPA conference held at the Belgrade Theatre.

My day started with a BBC interview with a wonderful presenter called Vic Minnet.

Press on the image to Listen –

bbc coventryAs I was on my way to see Coventry Cathedral later, she gave me a great tip of how to get the best first impression of the Cathedral which helped to make my visit such a profound one.

Her suggestion was to walk straight inside the Cathedral to the end and only then to look back at the ethereal work of the Saints and Angels engravings of John Hutton.

I followed Vic’s instructions and it was indeed an amazing experience.
It was so refreshing to see the same images that we have seen
throughout history, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance period but with a new interpretation.

The whole atmosphere of the Cathedral was of a welcoming place that anyone could come to pray or reflect.

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Friday evenings are special for me before the Sabbath and I decided to go to the Cathedral for the evening service.

There was just a small group in the congregation and I had a very warm welcome.

With the Holy atmosphere, I asked if it would be possible to light Friday night candles as this is a Jewish custom and I was so moved when the Rev Stephen Fielding (the new Canon Treasurer) agreed.

I asked him if it would be possible to also say the prayer that accompany’s the candle lighting and he allowed me to.

It was so moving to say the prayer in a Cathedral and a place of peace .

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The following day was also a very moving event at the Belgrade Theatre and Members of the British Organisation for People of Asian Origin made very inspiring speeches.

It was a great privilege for me to perform in front of such an esteemed audience that included Lords and Ladies,Bishops.
Mayors and Lord Lieutenants.

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry,

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Mr Paul Sabhapati, West Midlands Queen’s Lord Lieutenant

This was such an important event especially in these days when the unity of all Nations is so very important .

As a person with a background of grandparents from Syria and Poland, the integration of East and West has become part of my life .
I sang ‘Free Will’ and Two Kisses.

Coventry is a truly wonderful place of reconciliation.

Free Will Project Day 5 by Tally Koren – Strong Will – Swimming in the Red Sea in the Winter

January 5, 2015

Today, I force myself to swim although it was very cold and I was lazy and tired but the feeling after is so good, that its always worth the effort.
Hope the video with me swimming in the cold sea will inspire you to go and do some sport
too !