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The Most important 10 Moments of my Year 2014

December 31, 2014

1.pink lion –
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!

May 17, 2014

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

One song can Inspire Millions and Change Lives!

May 12, 2014

The Kickstarter campaign is live and kicking! Click the photo below!

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Free Will

April 22, 2014

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

January 27, 2014

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/

Board of Deputies’ Dinner at the Mansion House

December 4, 2013

I was in very special evening last week at the Board of Deputies’ Dinner at the Mansion House

With The Home Secretary Theresa May as Guest of Honour, alongside the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf. Among the honoured guests were former Home Secretary Lord Hurd and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

I managed to take some photos for you although it was quiet a formal event ! 

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Receiving the Ambassador for Peace award at the Houses of Parliament.

November 28, 2013

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Receiving the Award of Ambassador for Peace with  Dr Nazia Khanum, OBE Photo : Peter Zoehrer

Last week I was invited to receive an Ambassador for Peace award by UPF

at the Houses of Parliament.

The occasion was part of Parliament week and the ceremony itself was the conclusion of the European Leadership Conference –

Women’s Federation for World Peace.

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with Martina Coombs : Former WFWP – UK & President WFWP – Europe   Photo : Aime Bapaga

It was such an honour to be amongst influential and powerful ladies and to receive the award  at the same time as Dr Nazia Khanum, OBE: Director, Equality in Diversity ‘Women’s Leadership: Family, Community and Democratic Values’ was a very proud moment for me.

 All I can say is that dreams can come true !

I was walking in London a few years ago and I had a lovely thought in my mind about how important the influence of the Princes Diana’s and Mother Teresa’s of this World have been.

I then thought about how I and the many other people around the World could work hard for peace and harmony.

Music is of course still my life, but how wonderful to be able use it in the right direction and do something useful and meaningful and I’m so pleased to be one of those people and for my hard work to be acknowledged in this special and formal way.

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With Robin Marsh UPF Secretary General who recommended the Award  Photo:Christophe Murphy