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Should we promote our own concerts?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 May 2015 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  4 Comments

There’s been quite a lot written lately about the need for musicians to ‘be their own promoters’ and organise their own concerts. In the face of declining opportunities for classical music, many musicians have embraced the idea of putting on their own concerts and starting their own festivals. My own professional work has always been a […]

Teaching Daisy to use a catflap

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 April 2015 under Daily Life  •  2 Comments

Lots of people have asked for news of our rescue cat Daisy (surely her adventures can’t be more interesting than my ruminations on phrasing and pedalling?). Daisy’s getting on beautifully, but can’t understand how to use the cat flap which would let her out into the garden. Although she’s four years old, she seems not […]

The Highland Lady’s memories of practising

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 April 2015 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I wrote a while ago about the memoirs of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus, ‘the Highland Lady’, whose memoirs of life in Scotland in the early 19th century were so popular. Now I’m reading her later volume of memoirs, written when she was married and helping to run an estate in Ireland. In her Scottish memoirs, she recalls with […]

Our new cat

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 March 2015 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

We have a new cat, Daisy, adopted from a cat rescue shelter. After a wobbly start, she’s settling down beautifully. Daisy is a very quiet cat who seems not to find it necessary to say anything. One of her few utterances was a moment after her arrival when she shot out of her cat box, leapt onto the fridge, gave a […]

Different degrees of preparation

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 November 2014 under Daily Life, Musings  •  4 Comments

The current series of ‘Masterchef Professionals’ has provoked quite a lot of interaction between musicians (mostly on Twitter) commenting on how unprepared the competitors seem to be for the cookery challenges which await them. Time after time, in the ‘technical challenge’ section, chefs are asked to do a standard restaurant task like de-bone a piece of meat, prepare a […]

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