Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

One chord, two chords, three … or more

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 October 2013 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  Leave a comment

Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, who died this week, famously said (tongue in cheek, I suppose) that when you’re composing a song, ‘one chord is fine, two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz’. I had that quote in my mind last night as I listened to the concert marking the […]

City Music Society on 16 Oct

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 October 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

City Music Society, which holds its concerts at Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool St Station in London, is starting its ‘early evening’ autumn series on Wednesday night, 16 October, with a piano recital by me. Tickets are free for students under 25 with valid ID. For members of City Music Society, tickets are £18, and £21 for […]

Ragtime piano hands

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 October 2013 under Concerts, Musings  •  3 Comments

I’m preparing an interesting recital programme at the moment for a concert in Salzburg on October 23. Tomorrow I’m trying it out for an invited audience in London. The programme focuses on Billy Mayerl and his favourite composers. Billy Mayerl, the pianist at the Savoy Hotel in London in the 1920s, did some classical training […]

Cognitive advantage

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 September 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

A doctor friend has sent me an excerpt from the current edition of the British Medical Journal in which their writer ‘Minerva’ reports: ‘Great composers have tended to die young, but great performing musicians often carry on getting better as they get older. An article in PLOS One (2013 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071630) asks whether older professional […]

Munich competition afterthoughts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 September 2013 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

Since the end of the ARD Competition in Munich I have been mulling over the concept of competitions. Of course we all understand the point of competitions, and many are prepared to put up with the negative aspects in the hope of benefitting from the positive ones. Personally, I always found it hard to play […]