Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Guardian Open Weekend

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 March 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

King’s Place, the building behind King’s Cross which houses two concert halls and also the Guardian offices, was heaving today for the first Guardian Open Weekend (see photo). It was great to see the place so full, and full of such interesting-looking people too. I said to Bob, ‘I wish this lot would come to […]




To talk or not to talk

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 March 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

Our discussion at the Guildhall on Friday, about talking to the audience, turned out to be unexpectedly interesting. It would take too long to report on all the facets of the discussion, but here’s one of them. All the performers agreed that talking to the audience is a fine thing, desirable from many points of view, […]




‘I can’t talk right now’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 March 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  2 Comments

Back in the seventies, a friend told me he was reading a book by Marshall McLuhan on how technology was beginning to intrude into everyday life. ‘Apparently there is no activity which human beings will not interrupt in order to answer a ringing phone’, reported my friend. We laughed about it, and imagined a few of […]




Masterclass report

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 March 2012 under Concerts, Musings  •  4 Comments

Here I am working with the Trio Paul Klee, from Paris, at my London masterclasses last weekend (I was pointing something out to the audience at the moment the photo was taken). I thoroughly enjoyed working with the eleven young professionals (three trios and a duo) who took part in the two days of classes. I particularly admired how […]




‘Talking to the audience’ seminar

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 March 2012 under Concerts, Musings  •  3 Comments

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Silk St, Barbican, is running a seminar and ’round table discussion’ on Friday 9th March from 5.30-7pm. The topic is ‘Talking to the audience’. It’s part of the ‘Understanding audiences’ series. Is talking to the audience a good thing? Does it help to de-mystify an event which […]