Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Reminiscing about Billy Mayerl

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 August 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

Someone has drawn my attention to the fact that last Saturday, in the Family section of the Guardian, a reader submitted a favourite recipe along with a recollection of her childhood, in which her late mother played the piano music of Billy Mayerl on the family’s beloved upright piano. The reader, Nikki Copleston, mentioned that […]

Off to a summer festival (fingers crossed)

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 August 2013 under Concerts, Teaching, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’m off to Cerne Abbas in Dorset for another of the lovely chamber music festivals run very successfully each year by the Gaudier Ensemble. Concerts are on 8-11 August inclusive. As far as I know, most concerts are sold out, but if you live nearby it’s always worth asking, as there are sometimes ‘returns’. Last […]

ECMA in Florence

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 July 2013 under Concerts, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m off to Italy to teach for a week on the European Chamber Music Academy course. ECMA is an unusual organisation which moves around during the year, holding courses at a number of ‘host institutions’ in different parts of Europe. It offers high-level coaching to chamber groups – mainly string quartets and piano trios – […]

My Mozart on ‘Summer CD Review’ this Sat

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 July 2013 under Concerts  •  Leave a comment

This Saturday, BBC Radio 3’s ‘Summer CD Review’ has selected my Mozart piano and violin sonatas e-album, made with violinist Erich Höbarth, as one of their summer recommendations. You can see Saturday’s playlist for the programme here. The recordings were made live at performances in Perth Concert Hall last season. They’re true ‘live’ recordings and […]

The piano on which John Lennon recorded…

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 July 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Sad news this week that Steinway Pianos is to be sold to a private equity company. What does this mean for pianists? On the face of it, nothing; it’s just a change of owner for the firm. But a friend writes from New York that the Steinway showroom on Manhattan’s 57th Street is closing down, […]


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