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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, […]

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 […]