Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

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 [...]

The instruments for the job

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 June 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

We’re now at Concert 2 in the annual Cerne Abbas Music Festival in Dorset, a feast of known and unknown chamber music, and a showcase for the Gaudier Ensemble, whose 24th festival it is. As time has gone by, and the players have moved further and further afield and acquired jobs, professorships, concert careers and [...]

The composer’s markings

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 June 2014 under Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

In a lot of the teaching I’ve been doing recently, one theme has been running through the lessons. I find myself pointing out to one person after another that they are not actually doing what the composer asked. I don’t mean in terms of notes – those are usually fine – but in terms of [...]

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