Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Christoph Marks, principal cello of the Gaudier Ensemble

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 January 2017 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  4 Comments

Sad news on New Year’s Day. The very fine German cellist Christoph Marks has died unexpectedly of heart failure. Christoph (on the right of the photo) was the principal cello of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, but we in Britain knew him best as principal cello of the Gaudier Ensemble with whom he played for […]




Christmas Oratorio

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 December 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

Last night I went with friends to a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Originally the six cantatas which comprise the ‘Christmas Oratorio’ were designed to be performed one at a time, in one or other of the two Leipzig churches with which Bach was associated, on the major feast days of the Christmas season (in […]




American violinist Ida Levin

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 November 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  2 Comments

It is very sad news that the American violinist Ida Levin has lost her battle with leukaemia. Ida was devoted to the International Musicians’ Seminars in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. I met her there when she came to study with Sandor Vegh. He immediately liked her and her playing. She in turn instinctively understood his middle-European […]




Wigtown Book Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 September 2016 under Books, Concerts, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I spoke about my book ‘Sleeping in Temples’ at the Wigtown Book Festival (see photo), a merry gathering in ‘Scotland’s Book Town’ in the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway. Arriving there for the first time in driving rain and wind wasn’t the perfect introduction, but when the sun came out I was better […]




Cerne Abbas Music Festival 2016

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 September 2016 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m back from the 26th annual festival of the Gaudier Ensemble in Dorset. Over the years this gathering of chamber music specialists from around Europe has come to feel quite special. As our lives have become increasingly complicated, it feels remarkable that each year the same people are able to find a week to converge […]




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