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What would Mozart make of our spaced-out concert formations?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 March 2021 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I was in Perth, recording Mozart and Beethoven quintets for piano and wind instruments with principal players of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Adrian Wilson, Timothy Orpen, David Hubbard and Chris Gough. The performance will be relayed as a Radio 3 lunchtime concert on April 9 at 1pm. We conformed to Covid restrictions […]

This time last year

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 March 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

It’s now a whole year since concerts started being cancelled in anticipation of the pandemic. I remember very well that I had been to a birthday coffee party where the extended family sat around a big circular glass-topped table while our reflections ate scones and drank coffee in mirror image. I got home and there […]

Mozart and Fauré piano quartets – 11 March, 7.30pm

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 March 2021 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  2 Comments

After a long winter in the deep freeze (in more ways than one) – at last! – a concert to tell you about. It won’t be performed in front of a live audience – that long-awaited moment is probably still months away-  but it will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook on March 11. I’ll […]

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 […]