Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

This year’s London masterclasses, 6-7 March

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 February 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations, Teaching  •  1 Comment

We’re getting closer now to my London masterclasses in ‘the art of piano chamber music’, this year on 6 and 7 March at the beautiful home of Bob and Elisabeth Boas. Details of the classes are on the ‘Concerts and Events’ tab of my homepage. It’s free to come and listen to the main classes, […]

Learning from snowsports

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 February 2014 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

I’ve been taking sneaky breaks from other tasks to watch the Winter Olympics from Sochi. This is partly in homage to my Dad, a keen skater, who imparted to the wider family a love of figure skating and ice dancing which still gets us gathering round televisions whenever there’s some good skating to watch. And […]

Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture on Saturday

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 January 2014 under Books, Inspirations  •  3 Comments

On Saturday I’m giving this year’s Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture for the British Comparative Literature Association. My subject is ‘Music and memory – a musician’s perspective’. The lecture is free and open to the public. It takes place at 3pm in Deptford Town Hall in London on 25 January and will last for around an […]

A mention in the New York Times

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 January 2014 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

Friends in America have alerted me to an interesting article in the New York Times of 31 December 2013: ‘Maestro at Work: Hold That Cough’. Written by NY Times music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, it’s about the tickly – sorry, tricky – issue of coughing in concerts. In the fourth paragraph she quotes from one […]

Vocabulary

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 December 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

The BBC2 series ‘Masterchef‘ has come to an end with Steven Edwards winning the title. One of the competitors’ final tasks was to cook for a roomful of distinguished chefs, well known from Michelin-starred restaurants around the UK. This is always a fascinating event, partly because of the way these leading chefs talk about food. […]