Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

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 […]

Egyptian friezes unfrozen

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 November 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

To Sadler’s Wells to see the Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch’s dance company. Sadly I never saw them while Pina Bausch was still alive (she died last year). The audience was packed with dancers, or at least that was how I interpreted the fact that there were so many gorgeous people with regal posture, tiny waists […]

Herald article about SIPC

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 September 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

Today’s Glasgow Herald has an article about the Scottish International Piano Competition, which starts next week in Glasgow. I’m  on the competition jury. The board of the competition have made some wise and welcome changes to the requirements, which we all hope will encourage well-rounded and deep-thinking musicians to apply. The finals are now divided into […]