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Something Good

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

What a pleasure to hear the John Wilson Orchestra in their Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom, which I heard on television. John Wilson’s arrangements are simply spellbinding. His hand-picked orchestra, with many individually distinguished musicians playing in it, reminded me of the old joke that ‘the ideal orchestra would have Jascha Heifetz as its leader.’ ‘No, […]

Por una cabeza

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 August 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  6 Comments

I’ve been struggling to get rid of what the Germans call an ‘Ohrwurm’, a catchy tune that goes round and round in your head whether you want it to or not. My Ohrwurm is an early-20th-century Argentine tango, El Choclo, ‘the ear of corn’, which I heard played on the accordion by Pete Rosser in […]

Anton Stadler’s clarinet

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  2 Comments

The final concert of the Gaudier Ensemble’s Cerne Abbas Music Festival, in which I took part, featured one of my favourite pieces of chamber music, the Clarinet Quintet of Mozart. There was a surprise this time. Clarinettist Richard Hosford has an instrument which he recently had re-built to emulate the clarinet of Anton Stadler, whose playing inspired […]

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 May 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Once again this year the azaleas of the Isabella Plantation, the botanical garden in the middle of Richmond Park, have all come out at once. In previous years they tactfully staggered their weeks of blooming so that different bits of the park came to life at different times, but last year and this year the azaleas co-ordinated […]

The Abbey of Silvacane

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 May 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I was in Provence in the south of France last week and visited the Abbey of Silvacane, founded by the Cistercians in the late 12th century but long since abandoned. I thought it one of the loveliest churches I’ve seen. The  church, cloister, garden, chapter house, refectory, dormitory, scriptorium and so on presented one delightful prospect after […]