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Classical Music magazine article

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 February 2017 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  1 Comment

Finally I have managed to track down a copy of this month’s ‘Classical Music’ magazine, which for some reason has become harder and harder to find in the shops. Knowing there was to be an article about me in the February issue, I tried to find the magazine in a number of relevant shops, and […]




Ryan Gosling’s piano playing skills

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 January 2017 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

I haven’t yet seen the movie ‘LaLa Land’ (it doesn’t open in the UK until tomorrow). But I enjoyed hearing BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ item this morning on how Ryan Gosling, who plays a struggling jazz musician in the film, learned to play the piano for it. He does all the piano playing in the […]




Stir-up Sunday and Christmas cake

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 November 2016 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

Today I’m making my Christmas cake, a few days ahead of ‘Stir-up Sunday’ which is, I believe, this coming Sunday. It’s a traditional day for families to get together to make steamed Christmas puddings, and in these days when most households have their own ovens, baked Christmas cakes, though if you consult cookery books, many […]




Leaping ivories

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 September 2016 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

The weather has been extremely humid lately and my piano doesn’t like it. I have a little device which registers the temperature and humidity; for weeks it has been announcing the humidity as 75%. I have an older piano with ivory key coverings (newer pianos have plastic or resin keys). When the air is damp, […]




Classical music post-Brexit

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2016 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

This morning there was a discussion on Radio 4 about the response of the arts in the UK to the Brexit vote. Contributors rightly said that there is much we can and must do to understand who we are, what are the social issues facing us, how can we forge a constructive identity in the […]




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