Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Coping with unkind remarks

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 December 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  4 Comments

Since I wrote about attending a masterclass the other day, several people have told me about their own bruising experiences with ‘masters’ who specialised in devastating criticism. Years after the event they could still recall the words with searing clarity: ‘Shall I ask you to try again, or is there no point?’ ‘You line the […]




Sunday at Conway Hall

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 December 2011 under Concerts  •  Leave a comment

I’ve promised to help promote the Conway Hall Sunday Concerts, where I’m playing a recital on Sunday 4 December at 6.30pm. Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1) is Europe’s longest-running chamber music series, and has been going since 1887. The series has gone through some wobbly patches, partly due to its policy of […]




‘The most dangerous words are whispered’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 November 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  4 Comments

To King’s Place to hear the Hungarian piano professor Ferenc Rados teach a public masterclass for several chamber groups. I know lots of people who have had memorable lessons with Ferenc Rados in recent years, though I myself hadn’t seen him since I played to him in Prussia Cove quite a few years ago. Like […]




Perthshire Advertiser review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 November 2011 under Concerts, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Lots of people seem to have been interested in the Guardian review, (see previous post), so here’s another one of the same concert which appeared yesterday in the the Perthshire Advertiser:  ‘Since the opening of Perth Concert Hall, last Friday evening’s concert was the one which has given the purest musical delight.’ Erich and I […]




Five-star review in today’s Guardian

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 November 2011 under Concerts, Reviews  •  1 Comment

Blowing my own trumpet, or rather hammering my own Klavier – but it’s not so often that one gets a five-star review in the Guardian! Here’s the review of my concert in Perth last Friday with violinist Erich Höbarth: ‘Some of the most intuitive, candid and affectionate ensemble playing I’ve heard.’ (Guardian, 15 Nov 11)