Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

A joyful ‘Annie’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 November 2009 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

What a joy it is to see something being performed with superb commitment as well as style, talent and humour. That’s how we felt about Jane Horrocks and Julian Ovenden, the two stars of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ at the Young Vic.  I was slightly apprehensive about it because the production had received mixed reviews, […]

Sensitivity

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just realised that this is my hundredth blog post on this website. I am a centenarian! To celebrate, here’s a sweet story I heard from Mark Morris when I attended his question-and-answer session the other night at Sadler’s Wells. He was complaining about someone sitting in the balcony at one of his shows last […]

Meeting one of my heroes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 October 2009 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

Even in the dark and without his lipstick-pink pashmina, I recognised choreographer Mark Morris standing chatting with two friends outside Sadler’s Wells Theatre an hour before his show last night. It wasn’t like bumping into Diaghilev: Morris was dressed in old corduroys and a shapeless black t-shirt. I thought it might be his “please don’t recognise […]

Dancing at altitude

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 October 2009 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

No dancer myself, I nevertheless love to watch good dancers, especially if they are musical. That may seem an odd qualification to make about dancers, but it often seems to me that the rhythm of the music and the steps of the dance are on parallel tracks. Because my dad was a keen amateur ballroom […]

Pibroch

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 September 2009 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

When I was in the Highlands recently I had the pleasure of meeting the eminent Scots musicologist Dr John Purser, who has been presenting a long-running series of radio programmes on the history of Scots music – much of which has come as a surprise to today’s radio audience. John and his wife Barbara treated us […]