Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Battle of repertoire

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 May 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  5 Comments

I was fortunate to be in the audience at the Finals of BBC Young Musician in the Usher Hall yesterday. What a treat! All three finalists showed a remarkable degree of poise, as well as a superb level of musicianship and skill. I was amazed by their calmness on the platform and their composure in […]

BBC Young Musician

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 April 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

Here it is again, the heart-warming parade of talented young musicians competing to be BBC Young Musician of the Year. With every passing year it seems more remarkable that there is such a wellspring of young talent directed at classical music. It’s tremendously motivating to see it in action. And here again are all those […]


Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 March 2014 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

A young musician friend has been telling me about a fully-funded chamber music group based in Denmark. Each member of the group, which is supported by the Danish Government to expand the reach of chamber music across the country, is paid a full salary and has accommodation provided. They also have a full-time manager who […]

Louise Farrenc’s piano music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 March 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  8 Comments

I’ve been learning the piano part of the first piano quintet by Louise Farrenc, a 19th-century French woman composer who enjoyed a fine reputation in her day as a concert pianist and teacher as well as a composer. Unfortunately, at a time when the French music-loving public was fixated upon operas, Madame Farrenc never wrote […]

Thank you to my masterclass participants

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 March 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations, Teaching  •  Leave a comment

                      Many thanks to everyone who took part in my London masterclasses for playing such a wonderful concert last night! Left to right: me; Perceval Gilles, Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov, Sarah Sultan (Trio Atanassov); Giuseppina Coni, Giulia Cerra, Valeria Sirangelo (Trio Eclettica); Vashti Hunter, Veronika Kopjova (cello […]