Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Trondheim trio competition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

This week I’m on the jury of the Trondheim International Chamber Competition, which this year is for piano trios. During the day we’ve been listening to nine piano trios playing very demanding programmes, and in the evenings we’ve been rehearsing for and playing in concerts of our own, in the festival which runs parallel with […]

’12 angry men’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

In Trondheim in Norway, where the chamber music festival this week is featuring the music of Australian composer Brett Dean. Stylish posters advertise the concerts around town, playing on the titles of works being performed in the festival, or on events associated with it. For example, this morning there’s a ‘Chamber Music Orienteering’ event where festival […]

Styles of audience

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 September 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  3 Comments

Went to the Wigmore Hall to hear American jazz pianist Brad Mehdau in duo with mandolinist Chris Thile. It was a tremendous evening, and also an opportunity to witness quite a different sort of crowd in the Wigmore. They were, I have to admit, younger and cooler than the usual crowd, more like the stylish […]

A sore finger

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  1 Comment

For the last month or so I’ve had a wart on the tip of my left index finger. A wart! I’ve never had one before. I think I had associated them with ghastly mediaeval illustrations, or fairytales in which unpleasant things get inflicted by magic on evil-doers. Anyway, my wart has chosen a location particularly annoying […]

Instrumental music in Italy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 September 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’ve been in Italy for a few days. One evening I went to a concert in the courtyard of a lovely historic building in Bologna. The Italians are so lucky to have so many of these theatrical spaces and the climate which makes it possible to sit there, in the balmy air, late into the […]