Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

The Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 June 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio  •  Leave a comment

I’m off to take part in the Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh for the next few days. The festival takes place in a lovely little Norman church in the middle of the East Sussex fields (see photo). This year’s festival, the 13th Florestan Festival, celebrates the work of Robert Schumann whose 200th birthday was on 8th [...]

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 [...]