Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Education via electronic communication

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 June 2021 under Musings, Teaching  •  Leave a comment

As the university year draws to an end, some of my friends who teach at universities have been reflecting sadly on the experience of doing their job online for an entire year. Many of them did all their teaching without ever meeting their students in person. Everything was done by Zoom and the like. Poor […]

Piano tuning on the horizon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 April 2021 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

My poor old piano has not been tuned for almost a year because of the lockdown. As the tuning became less delightful, I have practised ‘mind over matter’  – a kind of ‘fingers in ears, la la la! I don’t hear anything wrong’ approach. In fact, my piano has held up remarkably well, but the […]

The street is just the street … as time goes by

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 April 2021 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

A year ago, when lockdown happened and all my work was cancelled, I spent a lot of time walking around the streets of my neighbourhood – partly for exercise, partly to pass the time, and partly because we were not supposed to be taking the bus so there was no other way to get to […]

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 […]