Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

The Olympics Closing Ceremony

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 August 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Last night we watched the Olympics closing ceremony, basically a long pop concert with eccentric dance interludes. I assume that the singers couldn’t really hear their support groups or backing tracks in the enormous stadium – at least, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt, because so few of them sang in tune. Were they miming? I […]

Booking me as a speaker

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 July 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

I have joined the roster of speakers represented by the Ed Victor Agency. If you are interested in booking me as a speaker, Visit their Speakers’ Bureau and scroll down the alphabetical list until you come to T. I’ve always enjoyed speaking to concert audiences, and in recent years I’ve  found it satisfying to talk to […]


Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 July 2012 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The other day I went to an orchestral concert, at the end of which the conductor held up a hand for silence and made an emotional speech about how this kind of music needs our support more than ever, because classical musicians feel ‘marginalised’. He said that young musicians, of whom there were lots in […]

Above the frets

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 July 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

Went to hear a consort of viols playing their own arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which were written for a keyboard instrument. It’s such wonderful music that it has inspired various people to arrange it for different instruments – I have heard it done superbly by string trios using Sitkovetsky’s version, and I believe there’s a […]

Smoking in the air

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 July 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I adjudicated a scholarship whose auditions were held at the Royal Academy of Music. Their Josefowitz Recital Hall is set into the ground at basement level. Half way up the wall behind the stage is a large half-moon-shaped window as wide as the room. This whole window is actually above ground level. The lower […]