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Billy Mayerl and the Savoy Hotel

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 April 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

A chance encounter after a recent concert gave me the chance to visit the beautifully refurbished Savoy Hotel at the invitation of Jon Nickoll, the pianist in the famous American Bar. I’ve long wanted to visit the Savoy, where Billy Mayerl made his name as the young pianist of the Savoy Havana Band during the [...]

Mozart’s ‘lyrics’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 April 2013 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

I’ve been leaping boldly into the world of new media by uploading an audio file to one of the new online music distributors which helps artists to get their music directly to new audiences. (Details to follow when I’ve got to the end of the process). It’s instrumental music by Mozart and I was very [...]

Herald arts news

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 April 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life  •  1 Comment

A nice surprise this morning – my Cobbett Medal (to be presented next week at a dinner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians) is mentioned in the Herald newspaper. I was re-reading a chapter from my first book the other day, in preparation for yesterday’s event at the Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Writing about a tour of [...]

Fidelio in Vienna

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 March 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

We have been in snowy Vienna, where we were invited to hear a performance of Beethoven’s opera ‘Fidelio’ in the very theatre where it was premiered (see photo). We were sitting right behind Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the conductor. It was thrilling to be in the Theater an der Wien which, despite renovation of the foyers, must [...]

The 2013 Cobbett Medal

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 February 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  8 Comments

Out of the blue has come a letter from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, telling me that I have been awarded the 2013 Walter Wilson Cobbett Medal for distinguished services to chamber music. WW Cobbett was a successful businessman whose true passion was chamber music. Groves’ Dictionary observed that he ‘gave to commerce what time [...]