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Clair de Lune in Dorset

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 June 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

As part of the Cerne Abbas music festival in Dorset, members of the Gaudier Ensemble have been giving masterclasses in the church to some local young musicians. Two years ago I had the pleasure of teaching a talented young Dorset pianist, Max Blass-Laker, and yesterday he played to me again. I remember that two years ago, […]

Cerne Giant beacon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 June 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’m down in Dorset for the annual music festival of the Gaudier Ensemble in Cerne Abbas. Last night I finished my rehearsals in time to join a crowd of people walking from the centre of the village and up the hill where the famous Cerne Abbas Giant is depicted. On top of the hill, as night fell, […]

Brahms, Brahms and Brahms

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 June 2012 under Concerts, Travel  •  4 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever played and listened to so much Brahms as I have this week. The Orion Quartet and I have now done three Brahms concerts this week in Oxford and London, and there’s another tonight in King’s Place. Every programme has been a mix of Brahms string quartets and piano quartets or quintet. We’ve agreed […]

Orion Quartet at King’s Place

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 May 2012 under Concerts  •  Leave a comment

It’s just a week now until the first of my three concerts with the Orion Quartet at King’s Place. Quartet fans will know that the Orion are, indeed, stars. Our concerts are part of the ‘Brahms Unwrapped’ series at King’s Place in London. They’re on May 31, June 1 and 2 – all at 7.30pm. […]

Winners and ‘losers’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 May 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  6 Comments

A very interesting discussion the other day at an event organised by the Worshipful Company of Musicians to find out whether young musicians feel they’re getting enough career advice. Many young musicians said sadly that in music the bar is set very high for ‘success’. In the world of performance, everyone thinks ‘success’ means international stardom; this is […]