Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Choosing a piano

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio  •  2 Comments

To Steinway Hall in London, to choose a piano for the Florestan Trio’s  Hyperion recording of Shostakovich next January. Whenever I’m able to select an piano, I have to do my research well ahead of time, because the best ones get booked up months in advance. Each piano is slightly different from the next, so for each new […]

Waving a stick

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Philippa Ibbotson’s article in Wednesday’s Guardian about ‘the myth of the maestro’ has stirred up a lot of interest. Last time I looked, there were about 130 comments on the Guardian blog. The article questioned the enormous fees paid to orchestral conductors, especially at a time when those fees represent ‘a large slice of a […]

Not a museum of glass and stone

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

After lamenting the lack of music in Venice churches, I had the opposite experience yesterday when attending Evensong in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. It’s always uplifting to hear the Chapel resounding to the pure intonation and chiselled phrases of the choir, a mixture of male undergraduates from the College and boys from the nearby […]

Silent churches

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

I’ve just been in Venice for a few days. The city was on the cusp of autumn – warm and sunny but with thunderstorms looming, and mist in the morning on the day we left. We visited about 547 churches. As ever in Italy, I’m disappointed by how rarely one hears any music being made […]

Guessing the dynamics

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 September 2009 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  Leave a comment

In November, my trio is giving the premiere of a new work which has been written for us – is being written for us, I should say – by Huw Watkins. Earlier in the summer I pestered Huw to let me have what he’d written so far, and though the parts aren’t fully finished yet, he […]