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Noriko and Susan on Woman’s Hour

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 March 2011 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

Woman’s Hour, the iconic BBC Radio 4 programme, is to feature an interview with me and fellow pianist Noriko Ogawa on March 29. The interview was originally planned as a discussion between me and Noriko about my book ‘Out of Silence’, which Noriko is currently translating into Japanese. This is a very unusual collaboration between […]

The baton and the jackboot

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 January 2011 under Books, Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book published in 1944: The Baton and the Jackboot, by Berta Geissmar, the personal assistant of conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler during his great days in Germany. After Geissmar had been forced to leave Germany during the Hitler regime, she emigrated to London where she became the assistant of conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. […]

A present from Japan

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 December 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

I had a lovely surprise recently, and have been waiting for an opportunity to mention it. The distinguished Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa read my book ‘Out of Silence’ recently, and told me that she would like to translate it into Japanese. She has now been commissioned to do so for the Tokyo publishing house of […]

‘Pick of 2010′

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 November 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

My book ‘Out of Silence’ has been chosen by The Independent as one of the ‘best books for Christmas – our pick of 2010′. I’m told by my publisher that this has led to …. well, if not a surge exactly, then a ‘bijou surgette’ in orders on Amazon. Hooray! The Independent’s literary editor, Boyd Tonkin, said: ‘..In […]

CBC ‘In concert’ interview on Sunday

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 October 2010 under Books, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

The third and final instalment of my readings from ‘Out of Silence’ is aired tomorrow by Canadian Broadcasting’s ‘In Concert’ programme. I’ll be reading one short chapter from my book, and I’ll also be chatting with ‘In Concert’ host Bill Richardson. They’ll be playing another track from a Florestan Trio CD as well. The playlist […]