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NYO Dress Code – then and now

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 August 2019 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  1 Comment

The marvellous National Youth Orchestra Prom concert with Nicola Benedetti last week has set me reminiscing about my time in the NYO (in the photo, I have long fair hair and am just to the left of the middle of the group, playing 2nd violin.) Watching the NYO Prom on television, I realised that the […]

‘They would have been x years old today’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 June 2019 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

It was my father’s birthday yesterday. He’s no longer with us, but of course we think about him each year on his birthday, and we always say, ‘He would have been [x years old] today.’ My dad reached the age of 91, as far as I know the greatest age that any member of my […]

New technology

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 May 2019 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

The other day I gave a copy of one of my own CDs as a gift to some young musicians. They thanked me politely, but I caught them eyeing the CD with a certain blankness. Suddenly a thought occurred to me and I said, ‘…Don’t tell me you haven’t got CD players!’ They all shook […]

Fake news

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 May 2019 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

There’s so much talk about ‘fake news’ at the moment. Most of us are gradually getting better at spotting it. Fake news often seems to be accompanied by a certain style of presentation, which we often see in public speaking. Smiles that don’t arise from the inside. An over-developed sense of confidence and authority, a […]

Musicians studying across Europe

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 April 2019 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’ve just returned from a week in Germany, on the jury of the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar (see photo of the splendid Music Conservatory where it all happened). There were groups from most corners of the world. Many of them were living proof of the benefits of cross-European study. Although there were […]

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