Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Brahms’s early thoughts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 March 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations, Teaching  •  1 Comment

Yesterday I gave some coaching to the Minerva Piano Trio, who had brought the first version of Brahms’s B major Trio opus 8. He composed it around 1853-54, at the time when he first got to know the Schumanns, Clara and Robert. It’s well known that he became very close to the Schumann family, and […]

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 […]

Richard Rodney Bennett

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 December 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

On Christmas Day I was sorry to hear that the composer Richard Rodney Bennett had died in his adopted home, New York. RRB and I had been in touch since I made my Billy Mayerl disc. He wrote to me out of the blue to say how much he liked it. I was thrilled to […]

More Japanese reviews

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 October 2012 under Books, Inspirations, Reviews  •  3 Comments

More reviews of my book ‘Out of Silence’, translated into Japanese by Noriko Ogawa, have arrived from Tokyo. I must say these Japanese reviews are absolutely my favourites so far. Their flavour suggests Noriko was right when she said that Japanese people would be on my wavelength, or vice versa. I particularly treasure a review […]

Astar/RSNO CD launch

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 October 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  10 Comments

Today is the launch of ‘Astar’, a lovely Royal Scottish National Orchestra CD (see photo) on which I play the piano. ‘Astar’ is the Gaelic word for ‘journey’. The RSNO’s brilliant idea, funded by Creative Scotland, is to give every child born in Scotland, from October 15 until a year later, the gift of a CD […]