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Voices raised (or lowered) in song

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 December 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The other night I went along to join some friends who sing in a little choir. They had relaxed the membership rules for their last meeting of the year, a time for Christmas carols and mulled wine. Snow had fallen in London for the first time this winter, and it felt very Christmassy. I haven’t sung in […]

News of my new book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 December 2009 under Books, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

I’m delighted to announce that my third book, ‘Out of Silence’, will be published by Boydell and Brewer in March 2010. Boydell, who specialise in history books, published my first book,  ‘Beyond the Notes’, in 2004. Since then, they’ve developed a very strong music list and are now a leading independent publisher of books on classical music and […]

The Birds

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 December 2009 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Visiting King’s College in Cambridge the other day, Bob and I were horrified to see that several of the lawns had been badly damaged (see photo). It looked as if hooligans had been let loose there, or as if a rugby scrum had taken place there during the night. What on earth had happened? We […]

O magnum mysterium

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 December 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

Yesterday I was in King’s College, Cambridge to hear the ‘Carols from King’s’ service, which will be broadcast on Christmas Eve on BBC2. When I was a student at the college, the choir sang Evensong every day and I missed most of the services, telling myself that I could go any time I liked. Now […]

Small is beautiful

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 December 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Still feeling cross that the Guardian, in its review of classical music in the past decade, did not say a single word about chamber music. Guardian writer Tom Service devoted almost his whole summary to opera and orchestral music. This happens year after year, no matter who the writer is. Each Christmas I have to […]