Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Old friends at the Cerne Abbas Music Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 31 July 2018 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’m just back from a week at the Gaudier Ensemble’s annual Cerne Abbas Music Festival in Dorset – my 25th year at the festival, I think. Some of the core players have been doing it for 28 years! But there are always new players and guest players, and this year we had the fabulous wind […]

How would Robert Schumann design his own record cover?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 June 2018 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I have been practising a lot of Schumann’s music lately in preparation for various music festivals over the summer. It’s always a pleasure to play Schumann and when you play a lot of different compositions, you get really into his way of thinking. His mindset feels unstable, or shall I say ‘stably unstable’. His moods […]

BBC Young Musician and being comfortable with the cameras

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 May 2018 under Concerts, Musings  •  1 Comment

I was away at the time of BBC Young Musician but have been catching up with the final instalments. As usual, I was tremendously impressed with the standard of playing in every instrumental category. Really, did my colleagues and I play as well as that when we were their age? I doubt it. Each time […]

Lyon Chamber Music Competition – jury notes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 April 2018 under Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’m back from chairing the jury at CIMCL, the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition. It was won by the Trio Messiaen from Paris, who swept the board with almost all of the available prizes. In 2nd place was the Trio Hélios, also from Paris, and in 3rd place was the Trio Mosa, who live in […]

Checking proofs of my new book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 March 2018 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

Over the last few days I have been checking the proofs of my new book, Speaking the Piano, due out in June from Boydell Press (see photo). Before we got to this point, there have been several other stages of editing. Various friends read the manuscript and gave their advice. My editor at Boydell sent […]