Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

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 […]

Shostakovich CD just out

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 May 2011 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I read last week of the death of ex-Sony chief Norio Ohga, the ‘father of the CD’. When Sony launched the CD format in 1982, Mr Ohga insisted that a disc must be long enough to contain his favourite piece, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This determined the 75-minute length of the new CD format. I vividly […]

‘Between Ourselves’ on 26 April

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 April 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  6 Comments

On the last episode of ‘Between Ourselves’, the Radio 4 discussion programme, James Rhodes and I are talking to presenter Olivia O’Leary about what it’s like to be a concert pianist. I haven’t heard the edited broadcast, but we talked for almost two hours in the studio (see photo), so I feel hopeful that an interesting […]

De Keersmaeker at Sadler’s Wells

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 April 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I never used to follow contemporary dance, but a chance encounter with the Mark Morris Dance Group seems to have turned me into an Sadler’s Wells groupie. I’ve gone on to enjoy Pina Bausch, modern flamenco, and on Saturday we relished the last night of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker‘s ‘Early Works’ retrospective. Whenever I go […]