Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category


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 […]

The language of the day

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 July 2012 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Went to the Royal College of Music to see their end-of-year student production of Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. Whenever I go to see Mozart operas, I’m struck by how one gets to see a side of Mozart not so much in evidence in his purely instrumental music. How to describe it? It happens mostly […]

Negative reviews

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 June 2012 under Books, Concerts, Reviews  •  2 Comments

On this morning’s ‘A Point of View’ on Radio 4, Adam Gopnik shared some amusing thoughts about how authors deal with negative reviews. He described how many authors write fierce late-night responses and reubuttals, which they’re usually dissuaded from sending. He concluded that it is much more elegant to wait a while and then write […]