Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

The composer’s markings

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 June 2014 under Musings, Teaching  •  3 Comments

In a lot of the teaching I’ve been doing recently, one theme has been running through the lessons. I find myself pointing out to one person after another that they are not actually doing what the composer asked. I don’t mean in terms of notes – those are usually fine – but in terms of […]

Battle of repertoire

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 May 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  5 Comments

I was fortunate to be in the audience at the Finals of BBC Young Musician in the Usher Hall yesterday. What a treat! All three finalists showed a remarkable degree of poise, as well as a superb level of musicianship and skill. I was amazed by their calmness on the platform and their composure in […]

BBC Young Musician

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 April 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  2 Comments

Here it is again, the heart-warming parade of talented young musicians competing to be BBC Young Musician of the Year. With every passing year it seems more remarkable that there is such a wellspring of young talent directed at classical music. It’s tremendously motivating to see it in action. And here again are all those […]

Plain vs mysterious music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 April 2014 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

I’ve just been in Italy, where as usual I tried to discover if there were any churches where one could hear some live sacred music on a Sunday, and once again was told that there is no longer any real tradition of church music performance in Italy, except for the simple ‘responses’ sung by the […]

Luxury

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 March 2014 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

A young musician friend has been telling me about a fully-funded chamber music group based in Denmark. Each member of the group, which is supported by the Danish Government to expand the reach of chamber music across the country, is paid a full salary and has accommodation provided. They also have a full-time manager who […]