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A visit to Peter Brook in 1982

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 July 2022 under Books, Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Hearing of the death of renowned theatre director Peter Brook, I went back to my book Beyond the Notes in which I described going to Paris in 1982 to ask his advice about how to keep our chamber music group Domus alive and in good heart despite the many difficulties we were grappling with. His […]

More about Radu Lupu

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 April 2022 under Inspirations, Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

A couple of readers said they’d like to hear more about Radu Lupu. I only met him a few times and didn’t know him well, but I vividly remember the impression he made. When I went for my lessons, I was probably focusing on trying to play each phrase as beautifully as I could. It […]

Remembering a lesson with the great Radu Lupu

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 April 2022 under Concerts, Inspirations, Teaching  •  2 Comments

Very sad news today that the great pianist Radu Lupu has died. He was probably the first ‘favourite pianist’ I chose for myself rather than taking my teachers’ choices on trust. I tweeted something about having once had a couple of lessons with Radu Lupu when he was living in London. In response, American pianist […]

Good wishes for Hogmanay

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 December 2021 under Books, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

At the end of December, I usually reflect on my favourite concerts of the year. This year however, as you will know all too well, we spent the entire year in a pandemic. Concert life is still badly impacted, and freelance musicians have been more impacted than most. For me, the big event of the […]

A ‘Strictly’ for pianists?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 November 2021 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  3 Comments

I was discussing ‘Strictly’ with a friend who’s also a fan of the show. He asked me: ‘How do you think it would work if celebrities were partnered with professional pianists, to learn to play the piano in a few weeks and then perform, say, a piano concerto in front of a TV audience?’ I […]

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