Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Feeling the tempo before you begin

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 September 2019 under Inspirations, Teaching  •  1 Comment

I did a piano workshop recently at which a number of different people played. One of our topics was tempo. How do you decide at what speeed to play something, especially if the composer gives no indication? Even written instructions such as Andante or Adagio are largely evocative, leaving plenty of room for debate. The […]

Cardiff Singer of the World

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 June 2019 under Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’ve been a keen follower of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition for many years. This year it seems even more appealing  as a distraction from what’s going on with the Tory leadership contest and all the rest of it. It’s remarkable to see how the twenty singers who make it through to […]

40 years of women in mixed Cambridge colleges

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 March 2019 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

Last weekend I was at a dinner in Christ’s College, Cambridge to celebrate 40 years of women in the college (founded 1505). Women have only been allowed to study at the University of Cambridge since 1869, when Girton College was founded. Newnham followed in 1872, but even for decades after that, women were not considered […]

A calendar of marmalades

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 February 2019 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

The season of Seville oranges has come to an end and with it the chance to make Seville marmalade, by general consensus the tastiest of all marmalades. We have tried making others with ‘ordinary’ oranges combined with lemon, grapefruit or lime, but nothing quite matches the tart, slightly sour aromatic tang of the Seville orange. […]

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, […]

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