Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

‘Lost arts’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 August 2014 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

This morning I listened to a longish discussion on Radio 4′s ‘Today’ programme about the technique of singing with a microphone.  Many singers today use headsets rather than microphones when they perform, because headsets allow them to have their hands free. To my astonishment, the technique of holding a microphone and singing into it was described [...]

Music’s role in combating depression

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 August 2014 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

The other day the Guardian published a front-page article about the startling number of people of all ages who suffer from mental health problems, such as depression, without receiving any treatment. It was suggested that the cost of drug treatments and cognitive therapies, as well as a lack of trained counsellors in certain parts of the country, were factors in why [...]

Live music and loudness

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 July 2014 under Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

I went to a wine and cheese tasting session the other night in an atmospheric old building in Edinburgh. All the cheeses were made in Scotland. The evening was fun, but over rather quickly. One wine followed hard on the heels of another and I rather wished there had been some way of creating pauses between the tastings – [...]

Seeing the ball

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 July 2014 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

Although I take no interest in tennis the rest of the year, when this time of year rolls around I suddenly get very involved in watching tennis from the Wimbledon Championships. I become so interested that I wonder why I don’t continue to follow the fortunes of these players as they move off to other [...]

Schumann and his favourite novelist

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 June 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Now back from the Gaudier Ensemble’s festival, I’m preparing an all-Schumann recital programme for the Aspect Foundation at Leighton House in London on June 25. The Aspect Foundation aims to expand listeners’ experience of concerts by inviting historians and musicologists to put the music in context after it’s been played – telling us things about [...]

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