Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Transport from tee to green

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I was astounded to hear a golfer talking on the radio about the current trend whereby competitors in golf championships are ferried from tee to green in little buggies. When asked whether it was really so hard to walk that short distance, the golfer replied that hitting a golf shot is a demanding physical skill which takes […]

New Tracks

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

One of the professors at the RSAMD said a very interesting thing when I was there the other day. We were talking about the difference that the existence of recordings has made to learning new works. He said that it’s quite common for his students to come to their lesson and say things like, ‘I’m […]

Love-hate relationships

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Fascinating article in today’s Guardian about the hidden antagonism which some top sportsmen feel, or come to feel, towards their chosen sport. It seems they’re reluctant to voice such feelings because they know the general public regards them as fortunate beyond belief to be living the life that they do. ‘I play tennis for a […]

Quartet Heaven

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

We had dinner last night with a friend who plays professionally in a string quartet. He’d been coaching a young string quartet from Paris. They got to talking about rehearsal venues, always a vexing problem for chamber groups and one that I and my friends have never successfully resolved. We generally travel long distances to […]

Talking about performance

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 October 2009 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

In the past few days I’ve spent some time studying scores of pieces I’m going to be teaching in a masterclass at the RSAMD this week. The date has been in my diary for a long time, but because the academic year only began a couple of weeks ago, it was impossible to find out who the students would […]