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Updating golden oldies

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 April 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Last night we watched an enjoyable BBC4 programme, ‘The Great American Songbook’. Various artists such as Paolo Nutini, Melody Gardot, Krystle Warren, Gwyneth Herbert, José James and my own personal favourite, Claire Martin gave us their own, updated versions of classic songs from the 1920s onwards. I love the ‘golden age’ of American musicals (Gershwin, [...]

Changing attitudes to recording

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 April 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

At the moment I have seven or eight new pieces on the music desk of my piano. I have to learn them all by the summer. Some are works I’ve never heard played, and in such cases I find it helpful to listen to a recording before I start work. The internet has made things far [...]

Under the pyramid

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 March 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Travel  •  1 Comment

Here I am in Paris, sitting on top of the concert hall where the trio made its Paris debut this week in a concert broadcast live by Radio France Musique. I’m sitting by IM Pei’s celebrated glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Musée du Louvre. Underneath the pyramid is a complex of foyers and [...]

An equal music?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 March 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  3 Comments

A brochure for the South Bank Centre’s ‘International Chamber Music Season 2010/11’ lands on the doormat. My trio has appeared in this series, and the plans are always of interest to me. But when I look at next season’s programmes, I notice disturbing signs of a policy change. Almost half the concerts follow the format [...]

City frustration

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 March 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

A disappointing evening. We had been invited to a lovely ‘housewarming concert’ on the other side of the city (I took this photo of the full moon as we set off in cheerful mood). After waiting for ages at our local tube station, we were told that  because of a signal failure we’d have to [...]