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Love-hate relationships

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Fascinating article in today’s Guardian about the hidden antagonism which some top sportsmen feel, or come to feel, towards their chosen sport. It seems they’re reluctant to voice such feelings because they know the general public regards them as fortunate beyond belief to be living the life that they do. ‘I play tennis for a [...]

Quartet Heaven

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

We had dinner last night with a friend who plays professionally in a string quartet. He’d been coaching a young string quartet from Paris. They got to talking about rehearsal venues, always a vexing problem for chamber groups and one that I and my friends have never successfully resolved. We generally travel long distances to [...]

Dancing at altitude

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 October 2009 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

No dancer myself, I nevertheless love to watch good dancers, especially if they are musical. That may seem an odd qualification to make about dancers, but it often seems to me that the rhythm of the music and the steps of the dance are on parallel tracks. Because my dad was a keen amateur ballroom [...]

Rainbow over Edinburgh

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 October 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Well, I wasn’t sitting in an empty room, but I can’t pretend that my discussion session in Glasgow was a great success. Had it not been for several members of the teaching faculty coming to my rescue, it would have been a rather silent room.  My masterclass  was most enjoyable, but in retrospect I feel [...]

Talking about performance

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 October 2009 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

In the past few days I’ve spent some time studying scores of pieces I’m going to be teaching in a masterclass at the RSAMD this week. The date has been in my diary for a long time, but because the academic year only began a couple of weeks ago, it was impossible to find out who the students would [...]