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Two women who lead ambitious choirs in Israel and the UK

The joy of coming together through song - Kim Chakanetsa talks to two women who have created choirs that go beyond simply making music.

Mika Danny started the Rana Choir in 2008, with a clear mission to unite Arab and Jewish women in song. Mika lives in Jaffa in Israel and says that while women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities find it almost impossible to discuss what they call 'the situation' there, they have been able to come together 'as a family' through singing a repertoire that reflects all their different cultural backgrounds.

Esmeralda Conde Ruiz says her life is "Music, music all day long". Originally from Spain via Germany, she now leads many different amateur and professional choirs in London, and says she always wants to push people to do things they didn't know they were capable of - whether they are a small community choir from Borough Market or a 500-strong amateur group of singers performing at the Tate Modern art gallery.

Photo: (L) Mika Danny (credit: Noa Ben Shalom) and (R) Esmeralda Conde Ruiz (credit: MIO)

042015042820150810 (R4)

Josie Long presents stories of intimate conversations. A thirty year long conversation comes to an end, an undercover agent reveals how to flatter someone into prison and we discover the secrets of the 'dual form'.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

With the Caterpillar

Feat. Bostjan Dvorak

Produced by Phil Smith

Colleagues

Feat. Dr Irene Pepperberg

Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

He Was So Happy to See Me

Feat. Ed Follis

Produced by Leo Hornak

99 Words

http://99words.co.uk/

Feat. Sally Potter

Beverly Eckert

Produced by Vanara Taing with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people.

www.storycorps.org.

Josie Long presents stories of intimate conversations. A thirty year long conversation comes to an end, an undercover agent reveals how to flatter someone into prison and we discover the secrets of the 'dual form'.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

With the Caterpillar

Feat. Bostjan Dvorak

Produced by Phil Smith

Colleagues

Feat. Dr Irene Pepperberg

Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

He Was So Happy to See Me

Feat. Ed Follis

Produced by Leo Hornak

99 Words

http://99words.co.uk/

Feat. Sally Potter

Beverly Eckert

Produced by Vanara Taing with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people.

www.storycorps.org.

20060630

Trevor Friedman's father arrived in England in 1945 at the age of 20, after four years as a Jewish slave labourer in Poland and then Germany.

Trevor knew almost nothing of his father's extraordinary story until 24 years after his death.

In the summer of 2004 he sat down to talk to Roman Halter who had shared the same experiences.

This is what was said.

Roman Halter....Harry Towb

Trevor Friedman....Jonathan Tafler

Directed by Toby Swift

20071004

Dramatic reconstruction of a conversation between Trevor Friedman and Roman Halter, whose fathers were Jewish slave labourers in Poland and then Germany.

Trevor knew almost nothing of his father's extraordinary story until 24 years after his death.

With Harry Towb, Jonathan Tafler.

Directed by Toby Swift.