Bethnal Green seems a special location in which to interview an intriguing young Israeli conductor, for this area was once a crucial centre of Jewish life in London. Little remains to point out, though, while Gad Kadosh and I wander in search of lunch out of the studio in which Longborough Festival Opera holds its rehearsals.
In Santa Monica, California, during the late 1930s and early '40s, émigrés who had gathered there used to tell each other a story about two dachshunds meeting on the Palisade, and how one sighs and says to the other: "It's true, here I am a dachshund, but in the old country I was a St Bernard."
Do you have fond memories of the Kenwood open-air concerts? That long-term institution - which appears now to have met its demise - certainly gave me and thousands of others countless hours of pleasure. Listening to classical music in the summer sunshine with a picnic by the lake was hard to match.
If you yearn for that now-lost experience, fear not.
Mark Ronson is showing me the Woody Allen poster that takes pride of place at the entrance to his recording studio in King's Cross, London. The studio is named after Zelig, the 1983 Allen mockumentary about the fictional character who changes identity according to his environment and appears at key moments in history.
As a South Londoner, my heart is not going to sing at the idea of a trek across town in the rush hour on a Monday morning. Yet all that changes when I reach a very special shop in Muswell Hill called Les Aldrich.
The shop is an exciting Aladdin's cave of music and one of those treasure-troves of an establishment that one may think no longer exists, yet is still going strong after 100 years.
At London's Aldwych theatre, the young English cast of Beautiful, taking their wildly applauded curtain call on the first night, were joined by three Jewish Americans, in their 70s: a long-married couple Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and, stage centre, diminutive, frizzy-haired and grandmotherly Carole King, whose work the musical celebrates.
From the moment Hannah Shabathai became president of the charity "Save a Child's Heart", in Switzerland, the seed of an idea grew in her mind: a way to combine her two passions, SACH and music; a concert with world-class pianist Evgeny Kissin. The retired United Nations worker is a lifelong fan of the musician, having studied piano herself for 15 years at the Geneva Music Academy.