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Lecturing at Deptford Town Hall

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 January 2014 under Books, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

Here I am, lecturing to the British Comparative Literature Association yesterday. At Deptford Town Hall! Who would have expected such a grand Victorian building, with a beautifully ornate staircase, and an excellent Steinway concert grand piano in the Council Chamber? London is full of surprises. I found it daunting – but also very stimulating – [...]

A mention in the New York Times

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 January 2014 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

Friends in America have alerted me to an interesting article in the New York Times of 31 December 2013: ‘Maestro at Work: Hold That Cough’. Written by NY Times music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, it’s about the tickly – sorry, tricky – issue of coughing in concerts. In the fourth paragraph she quotes from one [...]

Happy New Year – and e-book news

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 December 2013 under Books, Daily Life  •  2 Comments

Happy New Year to readers of this blog – and thank you for sticking with me. It is lovely to know that somewhere out there is a circle of readers. Quite a wide circle, geographically. Visualising that circle definitely helps to combat the feeling of isolation to which pianists are often prone. Those of you [...]

The man in the street

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 December 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I listened to a BBC Radio 4 programme about Henry Cole, the founder of the splendid V&A Museum in South Kensington. They were talking to a curator of the David Bowie exhibition, one of the most successful of the V&A’s recent exhibitions. The curator was asked why they had chosen to focus on David [...]

Vocabulary

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 December 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

The BBC2 series ‘Masterchef‘ has come to an end with Steven Edwards winning the title. One of the competitors’ final tasks was to cook for a roomful of distinguished chefs, well known from Michelin-starred restaurants around the UK. This is always a fascinating event, partly because of the way these leading chefs talk about food. [...]