Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

The impact of Brexit on musicians

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 February 2020 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  5 Comments

Everyone sees Brexit through their own lens. This is mine. When I was small, playing the piano was my favourite thing. I had heard that Mozart and Schubert came from Austria. Bach and Beethoven and Schumann came from Germany. Debussy and Ravel came from France. And so on. Those countries were just pretty pictures in […]

Bits of information needed to track down classical music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 January 2020 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

At a new year party I had an interesting chat with a young man who  likes music and likes to listen to it at university along with his friends. He himself likes classical music among other kinds. Many of his friends are not familiar with the world of classical music, but are open-minded and willing […]

More on hand sizes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 November 2019 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

A little while ago I wrote about my sudden insight that most printed fingering in the scores of piano pieces was probably devised by men, and for male pianists. Yesterday I had some follow-up to that from a doctor who had done some further reading about male and female hand sizes. He showed me the […]

Programme notes – help or hindrance?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 November 2019 under Concerts, Musings  •  10 Comments

Yesterday I was at a concert where, just as I was thinking of reading the programme notes, the lights went down and I couldn’t read them. Some concert halls don’t put the lights down; others dim them slightly, and some put them down to ‘theatre levels’, just leaving enough light for people to find their […]

London Piano Festival pianists

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 October 2019 under Musings  •  Leave a comment

Phew! That was indeed a two-piano marathon at the London Piano Festival. Looking tired but happy after the three-hour concert last Saturday night in King’s Place are, from left to right, Christian Ihle Hadland, Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen (co-directors of the festival), Susan Tomes, Tim Horton. Thanks to Viktor Erik Emmanuel for this photo, […]

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