Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Leaving the EU

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 January 2021 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

Now that Brexit has happened and the UK is out of the European Union, I have been reflecting on the fact that I have seen the whole arc of our membership of the EU from start to finish. I was a student when we joined what was then the European Economic Community and later became […]

New Year’s resolution

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 January 2021 under Musings  •  7 Comments

I was complaining to a fellow musician recently about how hard it is to make myself practise the piano every day, even though there are no concerts to prepare for. Until the recent Tier 4 lockdowns, I had been hoping that concerts for live audiences could resume around Easter 2021, when most people should have […]

‘She taught me that every step has meaning’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 December 2020 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

The other day I was listening to a ballet dancer reminiscing on radio about the time when, as a girl, she took part in a ballet masterclass given by Dame Margot Fonteyn. Dame Margot, it seems, was more terrifying in person than the students had expected. ‘She hardly smiled at all during the class’. But […]

‘Zonal Attachment’ for Musicians

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 November 2020 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

I was half-listening to the radio this morning when they were talking about fishing rights. The concept of ‘zonal attachment’ was being explained. I learned that this was a new and scientific way of approaching the issue of fishing rights. Fish move around; from year to year their favourite locations may change. Therefore, instead of […]

Edvard Grieg and Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 November 2020 under Daily Life, Musings  •  6 Comments

It’s been a turbulent week, and I have found some distraction in playing through a volume of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. I’ve always liked them, though I admit I knew only the more famous pieces, and only recently discovered that there are many more – all worth getting to know. The first set, opus 12, contains […]

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