Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Le Quattro Volte

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 June 2011 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Saw a quietly beautiful Italian film, Le Quattro Volte, directed by Michelangelo Frammartino. It was inspired by Pythagoras’s belief that each of us contains four interlinked lives: human, animal, vegetable and mineral. ‘Man is made of mineral, because he has a skeleton; he’s a plant, because he has blood flowing through his veins like sap; […]

Jazz at Wigmore

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 June 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

A lovely evening at Wigmore Hall last night listening to jazz from pianist Gwilym Simcock and ‘reeds’ player Klaus Gesing. What a well-matched duo they are, both superb musicians and excellent instrumentalists as well. Their ensemble playing was a lesson in how to be perfectly together yet make it look completely cool and natural, even […]

The joy of Mendelssohn

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 May 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  9 Comments

The July issue of Classic FM magazine, just out, is devoted to ‘discovering the genius of Mendelssohn’. They asked me to write a little ‘artist’s view’ of playing Mendelssohn’s piano music, and my article is on p48. For those who don’t have the chance to buy the magazine, here’s what I wrote: ‘The other day, I was […]

Fame’s feathery crowbar

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 May 2011 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  4 Comments

My days of being able to be knocked down by a feather are past, but you could have knocked me down with a full-grown marrow, or possibly a crusty baguette, when I discovered that my birthday was the featured one in The Times’ birthday column on Thursday, at the bottom of the  letters page, with a wee photo […]

Remembering Jacob

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 May 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  8 Comments

A few weeks ago I attended an astonishing concert given by the pianist Jacob Barnes and three of his friends from the Royal Academy of Music. Jacob had been suffering from a rare kind of leukaemia for two years. His presence on the platform was a source of wonder and trepidation to everyone who had […]