Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

The inspiration of a fine acoustic

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

Here are Erich Höbarth and me rehearsing Mozart at the Wigmore Hall yesterday for our concert last night. Having done all our rehearsals in my small piano room at home, it was thrilling to transfer to the Wigmore stage and to hear the music sail out into the gorgeous acoustics of that lovely hall. I […]

Carrying on a tradition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 September 2012 under Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

On my last evening in Prussia Cove, I was asked to say a few words after supper about the guiding ethos of the place as envisaged by violinist Sandor Vegh, who started the International Musicians’ Seminars forty years ago. I stood up in the dining room by candlelight and reminisced about some of the things […]

At Prussia Cove

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 September 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’m down by the sea in Prussia Cove in Cornwall, at the autumn chamber music seminar of the International Musicians’ Seminar, from which I have had an unaccountably long break. I remember thinking I’d have a little rest from it for a year or two. All of a sudden it was about fifteen years later, […]

Above the frets

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 July 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

Went to hear a consort of viols playing their own arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which were written for a keyboard instrument. It’s such wonderful music that it has inspired various people to arrange it for different instruments – I have heard it done superbly by string trios using Sitkovetsky’s version, and I believe there’s a […]

Pink garlic from our garden

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 July 2012 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Last summer we brought back some pink garlic from the French village of Lautrec, where we visited a memorable exhibition of tableaux created using pink garlic cloves as the raw material. When we got home, we divided our garlic bulbs into single cloves and planted them in the back garden. Lo and behold, a year later, we […]