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Portraying isolation

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 February 2016 under Daily Life, Musings  •  4 Comments

Today I went to the BP Portrait Exhibition, a favourite annual exhibition. As for some years now, the emphasis was on near-photographic realism, achieved with admirable technical skill but occasionally at the expense of ‘suggestiveness’ if I could put it like that. By which I mean that as I gazed at the portraits, my thoughts seemed […]




Who owns ‘perfection’ now?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 January 2016 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  4 Comments

It’s hard to keep up with changing perceptions in the world of music. We classical musicians are used to being the butt of complaints that our concerts are off-putting because of their focus on accuracy and daunting accomplishment. Unfortunately there’s no way round it, because you can’t do justice to this complex music without a high degree […]




Life with and without managers

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 November 2015 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

While baking a cake this morning, I listened to an excellent BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘The Joy of 9 to 5’, about managers. Presenter Lucy Kellaway investigated what managers actually do, and introduced us to some new approaches to management, emanating in particular from the United States. Some American companies act on their belief that a happy and fulfilled person […]




Noisy piano practice

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 September 2015 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

In the admin section of my website, I can see what search terms people are most commonly using. For months now, the most popular search terms have been ‘noisy piano practise in apartment’, ‘neighbour nuisance from piano playing’, ‘how to stop pianist practising nearby’ and the like. As a pianist, I find this disturbing. Readers […]




Women composers on the A-level syllabus

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 August 2015 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

17-year-old Jessy McCabe’s petition for more women composers to be  on the A-level music syllabus has been in the news today. It has generated quite a lot of interest and discussion, too. Good for her. The Independent asked if I had any comments to add, and some of my observations are included in their article (to […]