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Huw Watkins premiere

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  1 Comment

At last the printed score has arrived for the trio by Huw Watkins. We’re giving the world premiere in the Wigmore Hall on November 25. When the newly published score arrived, I already knew the notes of the piano part, because I’ve been working from an electronic PDF which I printed out on loose A4 […]

Step in Time

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 November 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The choice of music on this series of Strictly Come Dancing is a great disappointment. What an opportunity they have to range over the world’s fantastic dance music, and what a shame they don’t take it! I find it particularly annoying when the on-stage band is so good. I’d love to hear them in a […]

‘The Sacred Made Real’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 November 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

An intriguing hour at ‘The Sacred Made Real’, a National Gallery exhibition of Spanish religious art from 1600-1700. Although it had some wonderful paintings, its main focus was a series of statues – of Christ, of Mary, and of various saints – carved from wood and beautifully painted by artists who specialised in making the facial features […]

No Connection

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 November 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

Richmond Park this morning offered many examples of a discouraging sight which is fast becoming familiar in the parks round here: of dog-walkers absorbed in conversations on their mobile phones, while their dogs trail meekly behind them. Are we really still a nation of dog-lovers? One of the cheering sights of the park used to be […]

Sensitivity

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just realised that this is my hundredth blog post on this website. I am a centenarian! To celebrate, here’s a sweet story I heard from Mark Morris when I attended his question-and-answer session the other night at Sadler’s Wells. He was complaining about someone sitting in the balcony at one of his shows last […]