Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Trillions of notes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 September 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

I’m in rainy Glasgow, half way through my fortnight on the jury of the triennial Scottish International Piano Competition. Obviously I can’t say much as the competition is still in progress, but I can say how absorbing it’s been to hear so many accomplished young pianists from all around the world. So many different styles [...]

More musical if wearing a long frock

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 September 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Much discussion yesterday about Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science’ column in the Guardian. This time he was reporting a piece of good science, a paper by Noola Griffiths which shows that young women violinists are judged more musical and more technically proficient if they are wearing formal concert clothes. You can read his description of this [...]

Herald article about SIPC

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 September 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

Today’s Glasgow Herald has an article about the Scottish International Piano Competition, which starts next week in Glasgow. I’m  on the competition jury. The board of the competition have made some wise and welcome changes to the requirements, which we all hope will encourage well-rounded and deep-thinking musicians to apply. The finals are now divided into [...]

Something Good

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

What a pleasure to hear the John Wilson Orchestra in their Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom, which I heard on television. John Wilson’s arrangements are simply spellbinding. His hand-picked orchestra, with many individually distinguished musicians playing in it, reminded me of the old joke that ‘the ideal orchestra would have Jascha Heifetz as its leader.’ ‘No, [...]

Relaxing into loud music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 August 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  5 Comments

Walking over Waterloo Bridge the other evening I decided to pop into the Festival Hall. A very good Afro-Brazilian band was playing in the foyer and a large multi-cultural crowd, people of all ages, had gathered to listen. Many of the audience seemed to be South American and were gently dancing to the music. London [...]