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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 [...]

The piano on which John Lennon recorded…

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 July 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Sad news this week that Steinway Pianos is to be sold to a private equity company. What does this mean for pianists? On the face of it, nothing; it’s just a change of owner for the firm. But a friend writes from New York that the Steinway showroom on Manhattan’s 57th Street is closing down, [...]