Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Inside the Arctic Circle

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 February 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’m preparing lots of music for a trip next week to the Lofoten Islands of Norway, inside the Arctic Circle. Their summer festival of chamber music is already established as a rather special event in the calendar, and their new winter festival is an intriguing experiment in which I am one of the guinea pigs [...]

At the Edinburgh Society of Musicians

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 January 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’ve been in Scotland, giving a talk and masterclass at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, founded in 1887. Their meetings take place in an fascinating house now shared by several of the city’s musical societies. The house was built in the late 19th century, and its recital room is hung with portraits of 19th- and 20th-century [...]

Concert in memory of Sandor Vegh

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 January 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I went to a concert in memory of the Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh who founded the International Musicians’ Seminars in Prussia Cove, which I attended as a student for many years. Vegh died on 7 January 1997 and for the past few years, a group of string players from various countries have assembled in [...]

The baton and the jackboot

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 January 2011 under Books, Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book published in 1944: The Baton and the Jackboot, by Berta Geissmar, the personal assistant of conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler during his great days in Germany. After Geissmar had been forced to leave Germany during the Hitler regime, she emigrated to London where she became the assistant of conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. [...]

Looking for reviews

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 December 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  1 Comment

A friend of ours is in a West End play at the moment, and I wanted to read the reviews. Simply by typing the name of the play into Google News, I had all the reviews lined up neatly before me. Click! click! click! click! click! and I had surveyed the full range of critical [...]