Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

The majestic scenery of the Lofoten Islands

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 February 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I probably would never have gone to the Lofoten Islands of Norway on my own initiative, but I was very glad that a music festival had summoned me there last week. Somehow I had imagined the islands as smaller and tamer than they really are. In fact, the scenery was quite wonderful. On our drives […]

Concert in memory of Sandor Vegh

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 January 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I went to a concert in memory of the Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh who founded the International Musicians’ Seminars in Prussia Cove, which I attended as a student for many years. Vegh died on 7 January 1997 and for the past few years, a group of string players from various countries have assembled in […]

A present from Japan

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 December 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

I had a lovely surprise recently, and have been waiting for an opportunity to mention it. The distinguished Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa read my book ‘Out of Silence’ recently, and told me that she would like to translate it into Japanese. She has now been commissioned to do so for the Tokyo publishing house of […]

Vaulting ambition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 November 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

To Evensong at King’s College, Cambridge. At this time of year it is quite dark when the service begins at 5.30pm. As the sound of the choir floats upwards, it seems to draw the eye up to the beautiful fan vaulting (see photo). I never get tired of hearing how subtly the long resonance dies […]

A morning with Goritzki

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 November 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

Went to a marvellous cello masterclass given by Johannes Goritzki at the Royal College of Music. He spent hours persuading the students that playing the cello was easier than they thought, just a matter of applying weight in the right place, not working against the natural functions of muscles, understanding that the cello bow can […]