Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Marking Criteria

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 March 2015 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

The Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna came to an end on Wednesday with a prizewinners’ concert and presentation of prizes by the sponsors and jury. Afterwards, there was a reception hosted by the university. Immediately I was approached by someone with a role in scientific research and evaluation. He wanted to know whether, before the competition began, we the […]




Metaphors, not modulations

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 February 2015 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’m pleased to say that my audience for the Beethoven lecture-recital yesterday was much bigger than I or the organisers had anticipated. Extra chairs needed to be put out, and there was a lovely buzz in the room when I came in. It seemed that people were pleased by the prospect of hearing a player’s […]




Beethoven in words and music

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 January 2015 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’m preparing for a lunchtime lecture-recital on Tuesday in which I’ve been asked to speak about, and then play, a late Beethoven sonata, the A flat major opus 110. It’s an experiment for all concerned; I’ve performed the sonata before, but have never tried to speak about it publicly, and certainly not during the same […]




Practising in the dark, 1812

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 January 2015 under Books, Musings  •  1 Comment

I’ve been reading the wonderful ‘Memoirs of a Highland Lady’, written by Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus. What a series of unforgettable pictures she paints of her life in the Highlands of Scotland in the early years of the 19th century! As a teenager, I used to get up early to practise the piano, feeling sorry for myself on […]




Ex Libris

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 January 2015 under Books, Musings  •  2 Comments

At New Year we played a game we hadn’t played for ages – Ex Libris. It’s a game where all the players have to write the opening or closing sentence of a book which already exists. Each player in turn selects a book from the shelves (obviously you have to have lots of books to hand […]