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Soaking up music like a sponge

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 June 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

I’m almost at the end of a longish period of learning the notes of a batch of works I’ll be playing over the summer in different concerts and festivals. The large pile of music on the side of my piano has loomed fearsomely over me for a while, but is now starting to look bounteous [...]

The value of your instrument

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 June 2013 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Feeling slightly disturbed by large advert in today’s Guardian: ‘Do you know the value of your instrument?’ it asks, above a photo of ‘A Fine French Violin by JB Vuillaume’. It goes on, ‘The last 20 years have seen a huge price increase in the value of musical instruments. Please contact us for a free [...]

Letter in today’s Guardian

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 June 2013 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

In today’s Guardian I have a letter on the subject of political lobbying, which is headline news in the UK at the moment.  The letter was cut before being published, and I felt that part of my specific point had been lost, so in case anyone would like to read the full version, here it [...]

Classics Unwrapped on BBC Radio Scotland tonight

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 May 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

Tonight, Tuesday May 28, between 9pm and 9.15pm, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped‘ is playing a track from my new e-album with Erich Höbarth of Mozart piano and violin sonatas. It’s the first track on the recording, the ‘Allegro con Spirito’ from the D major sonata K306, and it was recorded live in Perth Concert [...]

The Still Pond

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 May 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Spring seems to be arriving late this year, but my favourite spot in London for spring colours, the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, is defying the cold weather and starting to look fabulous.  Whoever planted the azaleas here was a genius of gardening. This year the shades of pink seem to be even more vivid [...]