Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

In Constable country

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 October 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio  •  Leave a comment

To East Bergholt in Suffolk for a concert with the Florestan Trio. The artist John Constable was born in East Bergholt, and used to walk through the fields to school in Dedham. He later said it was that landscape which inspired him to become a painter. Before the rehearsal, Bob and I walked along that [...]

Pianists and writing: what’s the link?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 October 2010 under Books, Concerts, Musings  •  4 Comments

In BBC Music magazine, Rebecca Franks muses on why the musicians who write books about their experience of music tend to be pianists. Read her article. It’s a fascinating topic and one I’m often asked about. There are various possibilities: pianists are loners, and so are writers. The composers of great piano music were often people [...]

Schumann at Wigmore Hall

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 October 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The first concert of the new season for the Florestan Trio is on Tuesday 5 October at 7.30pm at Wigmore Hall, part of the Schumann bicentenary celebrations. What is it about Schumann which makes him such a favourite of musicians? He isn’t always a favourite at the box office; in fact promoters sometimes sigh with disappointment [...]

Wimbledon BookFest on Saturday

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 September 2010 under Books, Concerts  •  Leave a comment

The Wimbledon BookFest has asked me to mention them, and I’m happy to spread the word as my own event is one of the first in this year’s BookFest. The festival runs from 2-10 October and you can find out more here. On the evening of Saturday 2 October I’m giving a talk, at a lovely [...]

Counting your listeners

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 September 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

Yesterday I was at a conference about creativity in performance. There were many interesting speakers, several of whom told anecdotes to make their points clear.  At one point we were talking about the curious blend of involvement and detachment that seems to be necessary for high-level performance. Involvement alone is not as helpful as you [...]