Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Listen to Australian radio interview

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

I did an interview yesterday with Australian Radio’s ‘The Music Show’, hosted by composer Andrew Ford for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It was broadcast in Australia a few hours ago and is now available via their website for downloading or to listen online. If you’d like to listen, or to read more about it, click [...]

A tour of living-rooms?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 May 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

This is my 200th blog post! Here’s a photo of me playing for an invited audience recently in someone’s private home. I really like playing (and also going to hear) house concerts, which feel like a variant on the ‘salons’ of previous centuries. Understandably, such house concerts are usually a money-free zone for all concerned. But since I enjoy [...]

Eurovision Young Musicians 2010

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 May 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

After rejoicing that the BBC had improved its ‘Young Musician of the Year’ coverage so markedly in 2010, I had to grind my teeth with annoyance as I watched the ‘Eurovision Young Musicians 2010’ competition on BBC4 this evening. The young musicians were tremendous, but the presentation was horribly bland. Fifteen semi-finalists were whittled down to seven [...]

BBC Young Musician 2010

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 May 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I didn’t manage to catch many of the programmes charting the progress of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010, but I’m proud to say that I did pick out the eventual winner, 16-year-old pianist Lara Omeroglu, when she first appeared in a keyboard category final. Not that it was really difficult to do. She seems to have [...]

A square of sponge

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 May 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  3 Comments

I played a concert this week and noticed that my page-turner, sitting beside me at the piano, was holding what looked like a generous square of fudge in her left hand. As a fudge fan myself, I didn’t find it hard to imagine why one would wish to have a square of fudge on stage, [...]