Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Off to the Florestan Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 June 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’m off to the Florestan Festival in East Sussex today. I always enjoy imagining people setting off towards Peasmarsh from many different compass points. Most of our rehearsals have happened to the accompaniment of pouring rain, so we can only hope the spell of wet weather is almost over. The festival takes place in a […]

Jazz at Wigmore

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 June 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

A lovely evening at Wigmore Hall last night listening to jazz from pianist Gwilym Simcock and ‘reeds’ player Klaus Gesing. What a well-matched duo they are, both superb musicians and excellent instrumentalists as well. Their ensemble playing was a lesson in how to be perfectly together yet make it look completely cool and natural, even […]

The joy of Mendelssohn

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 May 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  9 Comments

The July issue of Classic FM magazine, just out, is devoted to ‘discovering the genius of Mendelssohn’. They asked me to write a little ‘artist’s view’ of playing Mendelssohn’s piano music, and my article is on p48. For those who don’t have the chance to buy the magazine, here’s what I wrote: ‘The other day, I was […]

Beethoven in China

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 May 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  11 Comments

I’ve been adjudicating a couple of prizes recently at music colleges. As usual these days, some of the most striking performances have been provided by musicians from China, Korea and Japan. I’m starting to get used to the excellence of their contributions, but from time to time I find myself just gazing at them and […]

Remembering Jacob

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 May 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  8 Comments

A few weeks ago I attended an astonishing concert given by the pianist Jacob Barnes and three of his friends from the Royal Academy of Music. Jacob had been suffering from a rare kind of leukaemia for two years. His presence on the platform was a source of wonder and trepidation to everyone who had […]