Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

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 […]

Billy Mayerl and the Savoy Hotel

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 April 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

A chance encounter after a recent concert gave me the chance to visit the beautifully refurbished Savoy Hotel at the invitation of Jon Nickoll, the pianist in the famous American Bar. I’ve long wanted to visit the Savoy, where Billy Mayerl made his name as the young pianist of the Savoy Havana Band during the […]

Fidelio in Vienna

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 March 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

We have been in snowy Vienna, where we were invited to hear a performance of Beethoven’s opera ‘Fidelio’ in the very theatre where it was premiered (see photo). We were sitting right behind Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the conductor. It was thrilling to be in the Theater an der Wien which, despite renovation of the foyers, must […]

Brahms’s early thoughts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 March 2013 under Concerts, Inspirations, Teaching  •  1 Comment

Yesterday I gave some coaching to the Minerva Piano Trio, who had brought the first version of Brahms’s B major Trio opus 8. He composed it around 1853-54, at the time when he first got to know the Schumanns, Clara and Robert. It’s well known that he became very close to the Schumann family, and […]