Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 August 2016 under Books, Concerts  •  2 Comments

On a night when the brilliant Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov was playing at the Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh Festival, it was not to be expected that any piano fans would still be available to come to the Edinburgh Book Festival to hear my talk, which clashed directly with the Usher Hall concert. […]

What’s in a title?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 July 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  14 Comments

I haven’t written much recently because I seem to have turned into a ‘news junkie’ following the UK’s vote to Brexit. I did write a blog post about Brexit, but it attracted no responses so I went back to reading newspapers and law blogs. Many other music organisations have since published their own statements of […]

Making the tricks of memory seem natural

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 June 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Recently I’ve had to memorise various piano pieces by Schubert. I find his music unusually hard to memorise, for a reason that throws light on why it is so profoundly satisfying. Composers often use themes or musical material which they bring back later in the piece. Sometimes whole passages, whole pages of music come back. […]

Reviews: how can we quote them if the press doesn’t print them?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 June 2016 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Reviews  •  3 Comments

Two recent topics of conversation have come together in my mind to prompt a question. Topic 1: the number of classical concert reviews is shrinking rapidly. Everyone in the profession has noticed it. Many newspapers are reducing the number of classical reviews they print and the number of days a week on which they print […]

Battle of repertoire

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 May 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  5 Comments

BBC Young Musician came to a close last night with the wonderful young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason being declared the winner after his remarkably mature and thoughtful performance of Shostakovich’s first cello concerto.  His charming, modest response on being asked how he felt about winning will have endeared him to many. Much as I admired his […]