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Books of the Year in today’s Herald

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 November 2016 under Books, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Today the Herald has an arts supplement with Books of the Year 2016 chosen by various guest selectors. Broadcaster Sheena McDonald has chosen my book ‘Sleeping in Temples‘ as one of her books of the year: ‘What makes a successful concert pianist? The internationally-acclaimed performer Susan Tomes explains using language as felicitously as she does […]




American violinist Ida Levin

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 November 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  2 Comments

It is very sad news that the American violinist Ida Levin has lost her battle with leukaemia. Ida was devoted to the International Musicians’ Seminars in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. I met her there when she came to study with Sandor Vegh. He immediately liked her and her playing. She in turn instinctively understood his middle-European […]




Stir-up Sunday and Christmas cake

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 November 2016 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

Today I’m making my Christmas cake, a few days ahead of ‘Stir-up Sunday’ which is, I believe, this coming Sunday. It’s a traditional day for families to get together to make steamed Christmas puddings, and in these days when most households have their own ovens, baked Christmas cakes, though if you consult cookery books, many […]




Leaping ivories

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 September 2016 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

The weather has been extremely humid lately and my piano doesn’t like it. I have a little device which registers the temperature and humidity; for weeks it has been announcing the humidity as 75%. I have an older piano with ivory key coverings (newer pianos have plastic or resin keys). When the air is damp, […]




The chance to do a run of concerts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 August 2016 under Concerts, Musings  •  3 Comments

On Tuesday the Guardian had an article about the growing number of stand-up comedians who bring a ‘work in progress’ to the Edinburgh Fringe instead of a fully-developed show. During their run, which could be anything up to three weeks, they ‘develop’ the show, which goes on to tour elsewhere. Sometimes this ‘in-progress’ status is […]




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