“SheshBesh” the Arab-Jewish Ensemble of the Israel Philharmonic performed at Windsor Castle for Prince Philip, Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki Mon and the world’s religious leaders. IPO’s ensemble opened a fascinating conference on the environment attended by leaders from nine of the world’s major faiths – Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism and Sikhism.

Windsor Castle from the outside

Players of SheshBesh include three IPO members Yossi Arnheim, Saida Bar Lev and Peter Marck; and four of the finest Arab musicians from the North of Israel; Sami Kheshiboun, Bishara Naddaf, Alfred Hajjar and Ramsis Kasis. The guest vocalist was Reham Hamadi.
recording for channel 2

The celebration was organized by the UK-based international body, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) a secular body that helps the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental programs using their own core teachings, beliefs and practices. In attendance were religious leaders from all the corners of the world. The UN secretary General flew in from Afganistan for the event.

Windsor Castle was an amazing setting for the conference. SheshBesh performed

 at the opening diner and continued the next day, with its newest composition “The Creation of Music”. The multi-cultural show featured an incredible mix of ensembles: a Baptist Choir, a recitation of Persian poetry accompanied by music, enactment of a Hindi fable, and even a Taoist chant.

Members of the British Friends of the IPO were guests at the festive dinner and participated in the honoring ceremony led by Prince Philip.

Immediately after the ceremonies, SheshBesh rushed into London for a live broadcast on BBC 3 which is available here for the next 7 days at:  (For the SheshBesh content there’s no need to start at the beginning, SheshBesh starts at 1.36.)
SheshBesh at the BBC

After a completely hectic day of rehearsing at the Castle, performing for the Prince, driving into choked London and broadcasting live from the BBC, the ensemble cooled off at…what else?…. a Lebanese restaurant!