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Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 November 2009 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

My copy of the newly-published Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music arrived today along with about 35 other items of post suddenly released from the backlog of the current postal strike. My contribution to the book is just a short article on ‘Learning to Live with Recording’, but it turns out to be the first thing […]




Coughing in concerts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  5 Comments

The other night, at the theatre, I was amazed by how freely people in the audience were coughing. At one point, the coughs became so frequent that it was like hearing bull-frogs calling to one another at night from different parts of the swamp. I actually started to count the coughs, which was counter-productive because when […]




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 […]