Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

‘The Walk’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 September 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

At the weekend I went to watch a tango club at which an old friend of mine teaches. I know nothing about tango, though I’ve been to a few Argentine tango shows in London, and recently I had a lot of fun playing in a late-night performance of some Piazzolla tangos. After watching the tango [...]

Sunday’s Wigmore

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 June 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’m really looking forward to Sunday’s concert at Wigmore Hall with Erich Höbarth. It’s the second in our pair of concerts this season featuring duo sonatas by Mozart for piano and violin. What a treat it has been to be so closely involved with this music – and this musician – for a couple of [...]

The Rite at 50

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 May 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

Yes, yes, I know that today is the 100th anniversary of the celebrated premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. But this is my husband Bob’s recollection of the 50th anniversary in 1963. Bob was in the Upper Circle of the Royal Albert Hall with a group of students from the Royal College of Music at [...]

The Still Pond

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 May 2013 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Spring seems to be arriving late this year, but my favourite spot in London for spring colours, the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, is defying the cold weather and starting to look fabulous.  Whoever planted the azaleas here was a genius of gardening. This year the shades of pink seem to be even more vivid [...]

Saturday Classics on Radio 3 this weekend

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 May 2013 under Books, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

On Saturday 11 May I’m presenting an edition of BBC Radio 3′s Saturday Classics programme from 2-4pm, with my choice of recordings. There’s some Fauré, Schumann, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Josef Strauss, Billy Mayerl, a couple of pieces of Mozart, and the Bill Evans Trio playing jazz. In between the recordings I talk about why I chose [...]