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Differing tastes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 October 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  14 Comments

In the wake of the Trondheim competition, I’ve been thinking about the gap between the jury’s taste and the public’s taste in performers. Several times during the competition I happened to bump into members of the public in the coffee shop, or in the foyers of the concert hall, and got chatting to them about […]




Klee, Fournier, Atanassov Trios

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday on the flight home from Norway, our flight crew announced that the airline had just installed free WiFi on certain planes, including ours. As I had a laptop with me I was able to send my first e-mail from the sky. Even more amazingly, a reply pinged straight back from my astonished family, who […]




Trondheim trio competition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

This week I’m on the jury of the Trondheim International Chamber Competition, which this year is for piano trios. During the day we’ve been listening to nine piano trios playing very demanding programmes, and in the evenings we’ve been rehearsing for and playing in concerts of our own, in the festival which runs parallel with […]




’12 angry men’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

In Trondheim in Norway, where the chamber music festival this week is featuring the music of Australian composer Brett Dean. Stylish posters advertise the concerts around town, playing on the titles of works being performed in the festival, or on events associated with it. For example, this morning there’s a ‘Chamber Music Orienteering’ event where festival […]




Styles of audience

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 September 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  3 Comments

Went to the Wigmore Hall to hear American jazz pianist Brad Mehdau in duo with mandolinist Chris Thile. It was a tremendous evening, and also an opportunity to witness quite a different sort of crowd in the Wigmore. They were, I have to admit, younger and cooler than the usual crowd, more like the stylish […]