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Making the tricks of memory seem natural

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 June 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Recently I’ve had to memorise various piano pieces by Schubert. I find his music unusually hard to memorise, for a reason that throws light on why it is so profoundly satisfying. Composers often use themes or musical material which they bring back later in the piece. Sometimes whole passages, whole pages of music come back. […]




Reviews: how can we quote them if the press doesn’t print them?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 June 2016 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Reviews  •  3 Comments

Two recent topics of conversation have come together in my mind to prompt a question. Topic 1: the number of classical concert reviews is shrinking rapidly. Everyone in the profession has noticed it. Many newspapers are reducing the number of classical reviews they print and the number of days a week on which they print […]




Battle of repertoire

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 May 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  5 Comments

BBC Young Musician came to a close last night with the wonderful young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason being declared the winner after his remarkably mature and thoughtful performance of Shostakovich’s first cello concerto.  His charming, modest response on being asked how he felt about winning will have endeared him to many. Much as I admired his […]




BBC Young Musician’s ‘accs’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 May 2016 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  7 Comments

BBC Young Musician is underway on BBC4, and once again the talent and accomplishment of the young players is absolutely admirable. To watch and listen to them is inspiring and gives one great hope for the next generation of classical musicians. Having said that, I am still vexed by the way that the collaborative pianists are […]




‘Reflets dans l’Eau’ played in the BBC Studio

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 April 2016 under Concerts  •  2 Comments

It’s just a week now until my Queen’s Hall solo recital on 25 April at 7.30pm. The programme is called ‘Pioneers of the Piano’ and celebrates some of the composers who wrote in new ways for the piano, or showed it in a different light. I played the programme at home last night for a small group […]




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