This evening, I arrived back somewhat tired from Jaffa, having got up at 6.00 am and taught the Beatles non-stop at school. They particularly enjoyed
and were especially impressed by the phrase 'sea of green'.
The journey back to Haifa took three hours by public transport. I arrived back at 5.00 pm, only to find an e-mail from Haifa Technion, inviting me to arrive at 6.15 to audition for its famous choir.
Luckily, despite a not particularly good bus service from my place to the Technion, I got there on time, and found the great Israeli conductor, Leonti Wolf, putting various people through their paces.
He then auditioned me and invited me to join the second sopranos.
The choir is 150-strong and had been rehearsing pieces by Ramirez and Borodin.
Using a combination of Hebrew, English, French, German, Yiddish, Spanish, Italian and sign language, Leonti managed to produce the most amazing sounds.
Plus, we had coffee and biscuits laid on half way through.
Music is very serious business in Israel and that seriousness lasted for a whole three hours!
We are performing at the end of January, by the way. Might be worth visiting Haifa just for that!
Oh, and it will be in Spanish and Russian! That should be fun!