Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Cerne Abbas Music Festival 2016

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 September 2016 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’m back from the 26th annual festival of the Gaudier Ensemble in Dorset. Over the years this gathering of chamber music specialists from around Europe has come to feel quite special. As our lives have become increasingly complicated, it feels remarkable that each year the same people are able to find a week to converge […]




Classical music post-Brexit

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2016 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

This morning there was a discussion on Radio 4 about the response of the arts in the UK to the Brexit vote. Contributors rightly said that there is much we can and must do to understand who we are, what are the social issues facing us, how can we forge a constructive identity in the […]




My letter in today’s Guardian

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 May 2016 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings, Teaching  •  6 Comments

In today’s Guardian I have a letter which aroused quite a lot of interest when it appeared online yesterday. Please share it if you agree. Here’s what I said: ‘Much of the recent discourse around classical music and its troubles has contained a subtext of glee at the notion that a privileged class is getting […]




Precision drifting

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 May 2016 under Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Last week I was in Rome, where I walked into a church one day to hear a group of about twenty nuns chanting an evening service. (I say ‘chanting’ because it wasn’t exactly singing, nor was it exactly speaking, but some melodious hybrid of the two.) There was a small group at the front who sang […]




Playing with Mosaiques and with Erich Höbarth

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 February 2016 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  4 Comments

An exciting week lies ahead, with a whole cluster of works – nine, in fact – to perform in the space of four days. I’m doing a residency with the wonderful period-instrument quartet, Quatuor Mosaiques, in Perth Concert Hall (in Scotland, before any Australians start calling the wrong hall for tickets. It has happened!) The Quatuor Mosaiques […]




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