Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

‘Alison’s House’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 October 2009 under Daily Life, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

It’s a double-edged feeling when you come across something superb by someone you’ve never heard of. Happy to discover them, but sad that they seem to have fallen through the net of history. That’s how we felt on seeing ‘Alison’s House’, by the American playwright Susan Glaspell, at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. We’d […]

Harvest Blues (and Reds)

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 October 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

It’s always seemed rather odd to me that the academic year and the new concert season start in the autumn. I understand that historically it’s to do with the harvest being gathered in, and a season of work being finished, after which it’s time to start new things. Somehow this centuries-old pattern of structuring the […]

Pots of money

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 October 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

At the weekend we visited lots of different artists’ studios under an ‘Open House’ scheme run by the borough of Wandsworth. We’ve been attending this event for years and always enjoy the chance to see artists in their home settings, often with their art displayed for sale in the midst of their own possessions. I […]

Waving a stick

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Philippa Ibbotson’s article in Wednesday’s Guardian about ‘the myth of the maestro’ has stirred up a lot of interest. Last time I looked, there were about 130 comments on the Guardian blog. The article questioned the enormous fees paid to orchestral conductors, especially at a time when those fees represent ‘a large slice of a […]

Not a museum of glass and stone

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

After lamenting the lack of music in Venice churches, I had the opposite experience yesterday when attending Evensong in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. It’s always uplifting to hear the Chapel resounding to the pure intonation and chiselled phrases of the choir, a mixture of male undergraduates from the College and boys from the nearby […]