Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Donald Tovey’s piano playing is brought to life

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 January 2019 under Books, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

One of my Christmas presents was a memoir, ‘Divided Loyalties – a Scotswoman in occupied France’ by Janet Teissier du Cros. It was written by an Edinburgh-born woman who married a Frenchman and spent the years of the Second World War in the Cévennes region of France during the German occupation. In her Edinburgh years, […]

A New Year wish for musicians everywhere

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 December 2018 under Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

The last live music I heard in 2018, outside my home, was some excellent jazz in a city bar (pianist Brian Kellock and bassist Kenny Ellis). The bar was buzzing with people enjoying long lunches and toasting the end of the year. Crockery clattered and the coffee machine hissed. The music was merrily applauded, but […]

Robert Philip’s ‘Companion to Orchestral Music’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 October 2018 under Books, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

It’s a great moment in our household because my husband Robert Philip’s epic study of orchestral music is about to be published by Yale University Press. Pre-ordered copies have started to land on people’s doormats, probably with a thud. The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music has been thirteen years in the writing. At […]

The ‘heavenly length’ of Schubert’s late works

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 May 2018 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

This week I’m preparing for the last of my lecture-recital series in The Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh. On Saturday afternoon I’ll be speaking about – and performing – Schubert’s late A major piano sonata, one of the masterpieces of his last year. These lecture-recitals have brought out a different sort of audience, perhaps one which […]

Ice dancing

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 March 2018 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

On a walk today I found myself passing the ice skating rink (‘the coolest place in town!’) where my late father was a devoted member of the skating club for about fifty years. He went every Saturday evening and every Sunday afternoon. We children tried ice skating as well, but were not as taken by […]

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