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Reading Thurber while recovering from Covid

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 July 2022 under Books  •  2 Comments

After managing to avoid Covid for two and a half years, I have now come down with it. It hasn’t been fun – suffice it to say I’m very glad I didn’t get the virus until I was fully vaccinated. While staying out of everyone’s way, I have had the chance to read. My favourite […]

A visit to Peter Brook in 1982

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 July 2022 under Books, Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Hearing of the death of renowned theatre director Peter Brook, I went back to my book Beyond the Notes in which I described going to Paris in 1982 to ask his advice about how to keep our chamber music group Domus alive and in good heart despite the many difficulties we were grappling with. His […]

The diary of Liszt’s pupil Lina Schmalhausen

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 June 2022 under Books, Musings  •  1 Comment

I have just been reading an astonishing little book which a friend lent me  –  The Death of Franz Liszt, based on the unpublished diary of his pupil Lina Schmalhausen (Cornell University Press, 2002). The distinguished Liszt biographer Alan Walker came across Lina’s unpublished diary in a Weimar archive when researching the first volume of […]

My books pop up in recent commentary

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 June 2022 under Books, Reviews  •  2 Comments

Readers of my books might like to see a couple of mentions which have popped up recently in the US. The first is in the New York publication The Browser, whose mission is to send its subscribers a daily selection of good writing from around the world. Editor Robert Cottrell writes an extensive thinkpiece each […]

Good wishes for Hogmanay

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 December 2021 under Books, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

At the end of December, I usually reflect on my favourite concerts of the year. This year however, as you will know all too well, we spent the entire year in a pandemic. Concert life is still badly impacted, and freelance musicians have been more impacted than most. For me, the big event of the […]

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