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Knitting

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 September 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

Last week I was thinking of writing a blog post about knitting. What is the connection between knitting and pianism, you may ask? Well, I had been reading about the 19th-century pianist Clara Schumann, who continued to tour and earn money for the family after her composer husband Robert had died. At that time it […]

Adapting touring methods because of climate change

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 September 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

This morning I heard a report about scientists who have made a list of recommendations for touring musicians to cut back on carbon emissions. Amongst other things it recommended that musicians should use instruments or equipment ‘held by the venue’. Good luck with that, symphony orchestras! When I had finished laughing at the phrase ‘artists […]

No more bullfrogs […for now]

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 August 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  3 Comments

My readers will know that I hate people coughing in concerts. I don’t mean the sudden cough that the person can’t help and does their best to stifle – I mean the self-indulgent barking cough which rings out across the hall and seems to be targeted at specially quiet moments in the music. When you’re […]

Piano Power

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 August 2021 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  4 Comments

Recently I’ve heard or coached a number of amateur pianists whose playing I haven’t heard for 18 months, or before All This started. I had been afraid that everyone’s playing would have fallen apart, but actually my impression was that lockdown has enhanced rather than degraded the skills of the people I’ve been listening to. […]

How to subscribe to this blog – an update

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 August 2021 under Daily Life, Website Updates  •  Leave a comment

Update: if you’ve been trying to subscribe to my blog in the last day or two and have encountered problems, please note that the link is now working properly. I’ve just been writing to my subscribers to tell them that new blog posts, delivered to them by email, now look different because they come via […]

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