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The intonation of public speaking

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 March 2019 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I seem to have turned into the kind of person who stops what they’re doing in the afternoon in order to tune into live Parliamentary debates about Brexit. Last week I spent several afternoons listening to politicians giving speeches, scripted and unscripted. Being a trained musician is interesting on these occasions. I’m so used to […]

A calendar of marmalades

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 February 2019 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

The season of Seville oranges has come to an end and with it the chance to make Seville marmalade, by general consensus the tastiest of all marmalades. We have tried making others with ‘ordinary’ oranges combined with lemon, grapefruit or lime, but nothing quite matches the tart, slightly sour aromatic tang of the Seville orange. […]

Is there a way to avoid concert clashes?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 February 2019 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  3 Comments

I’m preparing for next weekend’s Winterplay, my mini-festival of collaborative music at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. We have a children’s music-and-movement workshop led by Monica Wilkinson, a music and words event with Janice Galloway, a pre-concert talk by Robert Philip and a trio concert. Violinist Erich Höbarth is about to arrive from Vienna and […]

Musicians still in the dark about Brexit

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 January 2019 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

As the Brexit story accelerates, musicians are still in the dark about what will happen to their freedom of movement after we leave the EU. For two and a half years now I have been listening to colleagues and students worrying about whether they will still be able to study here, or if they are […]

Front-of-house book display in Blackwell’s

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 December 2018 under Books, Daily Life  •  1 Comment

I’m not sure my books have ever before made it into the display at the front of a major bookstore, so it was a thrill to find Speaking the Piano just inside the main door of Blackwell’s Bookshop in Edinburgh (see photo) when we were there to do some Christmas shopping. What’s more, it was […]