Coventry is a Truly Wonderful Place of Reconciliation

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.

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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.

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

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 !

The Most important 10 Moments of my Year 2014

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This is a wonderful memory that I got from January last year. I attented to the Midem music festival in Cannes where about 10.000 people from all around the world came to talk and do business in regards with music.
It’s definitely a great place for artists to do some networking and also meeting publishers and record labels. On the last day of my visit I decided to do a good meditation and visualisation before starting my long schedule day of meetings. It made me feel strong, focused and very relaxed.
I texted my husband, who is a Behaviour Strategist in Harley Street, and wrote – I feel like a pink lion. As a response, my husband sent me this wonderful photo that became my screen saver, reminding me that sensation of feeling strong but soft at the same time – Velvet glove with Iron fist .

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2. On the same day I went to the Carlton hotel in Cannes, where all the exclusive people from the music industry have their meetings. With the attitude of a Pink Lion I was looking around and also very aware of what was going on. Suddenly I saw a man in his late sixties who was talking with the Warner music representative in Israel. I was drawn to talk to him even though I felt a bit shy. I looked at my pink lion photo and went straight and started to speak to him. I was thrilled to realise that my intuition was so strong as the man was the legendary -Seymour Stein, who was the founder of Sire Records which signed pioneer artists such as Talking Heads, The Pretenders , Madonna, Depeche Mode and many more . I told him about my song ‘Free Will’ and very soon I will actually send him the single!

3. Deciding to do the kickstarter campaign was a moment that I will never forget. To do such a campaign I had to work out of my comfort zone, as we all know that asking for money is not the easiest thing.

4. Recording string section for my single.
It was the first time that I had 14 players playing my songs. I absolutely loved it and it felt very emotional. The cinematic strings section were recorded by Haydn Bendall who’s previous credit include Kate Bush, Katie Melua and Dido. The beautiful strings arrangement was done by Phil Curran who worked with me on my previous BBC 2 playlisted single “Beauty of the Duty”.

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5. Celebrating my 50th birthday at the Old Government House Hotel with my husband and receiving beautiful messages from all my fans and friends. I feel that Life begins at 50th!

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6. Singing ‘Free Will’ at the Houses of Commons.

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7. Achieving my kickstarter Goal !
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886828190/free-will-one-song-can-inspire-millions-and-change

8. Supporting Mkdons and watching the game when they won 4-0 to Manchester United !

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9. Recording the piano version with special gusets – the Ely Cathedral Girls Choir conducted by Sarah E. A. MacDonald which created a pure and ethereal sound and the Latin version in English and Spanish ‘Tengo Libertad’ featuring Eric Fernandez
who is know for his collaboration with
the Gypsy Kings.

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10. Meeting and hearing the inspiring speech of HE Mr Mazen Kemal Homoud, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
at a fundraising event for empower women in the Middle East .

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Opportunity for Poets out there!

If you love writing words, poems or song lyrics this is your opportunity. Send me your lyrics or poems and I will compose a song for you. ‘Beauty of the Duty’ started from a poem that I received on myspace and I edited it to become a popular BBC Radio play-listed song – so this could be your chance to hear your song on the Radio. Please be part of my campaign to inspire others and gain this chance. Click the photo below and take a look at the rewards on the right hand side.Image

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I hope you’re all well! I have some big news to tell of what I’ve been up to this past month. The big news of the month is that I have been recording with the London Hungarian symphony orchestra for my new coming single ‘Free Will’. The string section will be a mixture of Violin, Cello and Viola which supports and brings the music up to a new level. The recording has been created with one of the world’s top engineers, Hayden Bandall who is associated with the likes of Kate Bush, Paul McCartney and the Pet Shop Boys. Hayden will be the engineer and will also be mixing the track. Phil Curran who arranged the radio 2 playlists where my previous single Beauty of the Duty was played, will be the arranging and producing the new single. The String section brings a new side to the piece which enriches the true sound and beauty of the lyrics which comes together to build a complete and impacting piece of music.  Watch this space for ‘Free Will.’

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CELEBRATE THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL – COOMBE ABBEY

Last weekend I was  privileged to travel to the enchanting Coombe Abbey Country House Hotel situated just off the M1 near Rugby in the heart of beautiful Warwickshire.

Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay and the 89 photos that we took could not capture it’s beauty and sumptuous individuality.

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Each nook and cranny tells a different story with unique furnishings, subtle lighting and special antiquarian touches.

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Originally built as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century, it is  set in 500 acres of lush parkland and overlooks formal gardens and a lake which were designed by Capability Brown.

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The Hotel is steeped in history and it many inhabitants have included Princes Elizabeth daughter of James 1st, Lord and Lady Craven and latterly  Bruce Springsteen, Gary Barlow and Take That .

The hotel has 119 individual rooms and our chosen room was just breathtaking

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It was the most elegant bedroom you could ever dream of and was called The Lady Craven Suite and overlooked the garden and the lake.

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Any Bride would enjoy being a Princess for the day in this truly stunning hotel.

If you can imagine the bedrooms at Buckinham Palace- this was our room.

If you have ever wondered what’s behind the rope when you visit a large Country House that was our room !

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There was a Wedding taking place when we where there  and everyone spoke of the impeccable service and  special ambience.

It would be perfect for special occasions and with Valentines Day just around the corner it is the perfect opportunity to experience a night of luxury or a romantic dinner in the conservatory.

For more information about Valentines Day offers  please go to –

http://www.coombeabbey.com/special-offers/valentines-break/