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More about Radu Lupu

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 April 2022 under Inspirations, Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

A couple of readers said they’d like to hear more about Radu Lupu. I only met him a few times and didn’t know him well, but I vividly remember the impression he made. When I went for my lessons, I was probably focusing on trying to play each phrase as beautifully as I could. It […]

Playing along with someone else’s recording

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 February 2022 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

On Saturday, I shall be playing Mozart’s last piano concerto  – the B flat major, K595 – with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh. Since I don’t have an in-house orchestra, I have been preparing by playing along with a recording. We have three CDs in the house – two played by Clifford Curzon (different […]

Presto Music Award arrives

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 February 2022 under Musings  •  3 Comments

I have got so used to everything being online-only that I was very surprised when an Actual Thing turned up in the post to commemorate the Presto Music Award 2021 for my book The Piano. It’s a nice little sculpture of the blue Presto Music ‘arrows’ logo. I knew about the award before Christmas, I […]

Financial Times ‘Books of 2021’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 November 2021 under Musings  •  1 Comment

The Financial Times has been publishing its ‘Books of 2021’, category by category across recent days, and now they have arrived at Classical Music. I’m proud to see that my piano book is one of their Books of 2021. This is the link, but unless you’re a subscriber it seems to lead only to a […]

In the pocket of the music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 October 2021 under Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

The autumn season of Strictly Come Dancing is under way and this year the judges seem inclined to give us a bit more insight into what they are looking for. I have enjoyed learning more about posture, weight, inside edges, head position, arm extensions, ‘spotting’ ( a technique to stop yourself getting giddy when spinning), […]