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Ihud Choir

The Ihud choir was established in 1955 by the composer and conductor Yehuda Sharett. The person who imprinted his stamp on the choir and transformed it into one of the outstanding choirs in Israel was Professor Avner Itay, with whom the choir worked for 35 years. The musical director and conductor since 1999 is Ronen Borshevski.

Since its inception the choir has consistently concentrated on performing music by Israeli and Jewish composers. It is a member of Europa Cantat and the IFCM, and has participated in numerous festivals abroad. In July 2001 the choir took part in the prestigious competition at SPITAL in Austria and earned third place.

The choir consists of 50 singers, most of whom belonging to kibbutz communities throughout Israel, who meet once a week at Ramat Efal for a full day of practice. It is frequently invited to perform various works together with some of the main orchestras in Israel. It has performed under the baton of leading conductors including Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Georg Zolti, Kurt Mazur and Gary Bertini.

Website: http://www.ihudchoir.org.il