Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Voting systems

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 June 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during the jury’s deliberations on the Cardiff Singer of the World final on Sunday night. I’d watched most of the other rounds and had realised it was going to be a difficult choice. It was an exceptionally good line-up, and each one of the […]

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 […]