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Giving credit for chamber music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 March 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

After coaching chamber music at various music colleges this week, I’m still baffled about how chamber music can attain its proper status in higher education. My visit often begins with students explaining that they have struggled to find time to rehearse together; this is the reason they are not properly prepared, etc. I’m warned that this [...]

The award-winning coastline of Norway

Posted by Susan Tomes on 22 February 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

Thank you to those kind people in the Lofoten Islands who wrote to me after I played in the music festival there last week. By popular request, here is another photo I took, this time from the plane on the way back to the Norwegian mainland. The scene reminded me of the character Slartibartfast in [...]

The majestic scenery of the Lofoten Islands

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 February 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I probably would never have gone to the Lofoten Islands of Norway on my own initiative, but I was very glad that a music festival had summoned me there last week. Somehow I had imagined the islands as smaller and tamer than they really are. In fact, the scenery was quite wonderful. On our drives [...]

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 [...]

 

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