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Jury arithmetic

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 February 2012 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

The final of the Graz competition ended last night with no first prize being awarded. We had been following jury rules which obliged us to give our scores anonymously, and to refrain from discussing the competitors with one another. Consequently the result of every round was a surprise for us, and last night was no […]




Graz trio final tomorrow

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 February 2012 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

We have now arrived at six finalists for the piano trio competition in Graz. Each group has to play a contemporary work, plus one of Schubert’s late, great trios in the Final on Tuesday. This will be the first time I have ever had to sit and listen to six consecutive performances of Schubert’s late […]




‘Franz Schubert and modern music’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 February 2012 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’m in Graz, Austria, on the jury of a piano trio competition, ‘Franz Schubert and modern music’. Graz is a beautiful city and even more so in the snow. The competition has several parallel categories: piano trio, string quartet and Lieder. The idea behind it is that all the entrants have to perform contemporary works […]




Billy Mayerl piano music recording project

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 January 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  6 Comments

Some years ago I recorded ‘Loose Elbows’, a CD of Billy Mayerl’s piano music. It features some of the sparkling, good-humoured pieces Billy wrote when he was the celebrated pianist at the Savoy Hotel in London in the 1920s and 30s. My disc has been in and out of print for some time now, but […]




Listening on computer speakers

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 January 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  4 Comments

An intriguing article in the Guardian this week about The Chemical Brothers. They’re  thoughtful and interesting, but some of their comments about music and audiences were startling for me, because they showed such a different facet of the music world. “I don’t really think people get that absorbed in music at the moment,” says Simons. […]