Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Thinking back or planning ahead?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 October 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

An interesting discussion the other night with a bunch of student pianists. We were discussing the kind of situation where you have to perform several different pieces in a row without being able to leave the stage. This is sometimes the case in, for example, a competition, where the rules state that you must perform […]

Moon on the water

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 September 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

I have had a lovely week at the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove. Last September, there were swirling mists and rain. I remember I spent a lot of time taking atmospheric photos of old gates and rocks looming out of the sea mist. This year, by contrast, the weather was fine all week. And […]

Another dose of Prussia Cove

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 September 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’m looking forward to another visit to the International Musicians’ Seminar ‘Open Chamber Music’ at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, where a large group of musicians (mostly string players, but also some pianists) gathers to play chamber music. At this time of year I always find myself imagining the journeys undertaken, at their own expense, by friends […]

Trifonov at Edinburgh Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 August 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  3 Comments

This morning I went to hear Daniil Trifonov’s piano recital at the Edinburgh Festival. Normally wild horses wouldn’t drag me to hear all twelve of Liszt’s ‘Transcendental Studies’. With very few exceptions, I’ve always found them musically rather dull,  and can never imagine why anyone would feel motivated enough to learn the torrents of arpeggios, double […]

‘Lost arts’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 August 2014 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

This morning I listened to a longish discussion on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme about the technique of singing with a microphone.  Many singers today use headsets rather than microphones when they perform, because headsets allow them to have their hands free. To my astonishment, the technique of holding a microphone and singing into it was described […]

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