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The Cerne Abbas Festival comes to an end

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 August 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

Another Cerne Abbas festival has come to an end. Remembering last year’s dreadful weather, during which one of the group had to drive to Dorchester to buy some thermal undergarments, I had packed some rather warm concert clothes, which I regretted as soon as I realised how sunny this year’s festival was going to be. [...]

Reminiscing about Billy Mayerl

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 August 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

Someone has drawn my attention to the fact that last Saturday, in the Family section of the Guardian, a reader submitted a favourite recipe along with a recollection of her childhood, in which her late mother played the piano music of Billy Mayerl on the family’s beloved upright piano. The reader, Nikki Copleston, mentioned that [...]

Jealousy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2013 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m coming towards the end of my week in Fiesole, a week of baking heat during which I have realised that much of the music we’ve been studying must have been written in a cooler climate. In this kind of intense heat we can hardly face playing, or even hearing, some of the more energetic [...]

Trying to gain a larger readership …

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 July 2013 under Daily Life, Musings  •  5 Comments

A few months ago, disheartened by the difficulty of ‘growing’ my blog readership, I consulted some of my students about the situation. I say ‘students’ but in fact they are all high-achieving young professionals who come for the occasional coaching. They all agreed that it’s nearly impossible to persuade people to go to the trouble [...]

I am a published photographer!

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 July 2013 under Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

The Guardian weekend magazine has a page, ‘Your Pictures‘, where they ask for photo contributions on a given theme. For today, the theme was ‘produce’. I sent in a photo of our favourite Egyptian geese, whom we’ve been feeding for years on visits to Richmond Park. They have never before had any offspring (at least [...]