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Mozart’s sister

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 April 2009 under Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

In the Mozart exhibition in Salzburg I learned some new things about his sister, Nannerl. I knew that Nannerl played the piano too – partly because there’s a famous painting of the two of them side by side at the piano, playing duets – but I hadn’t realised that when they were both young, her […]

Salzburg in the Snow

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 April 2009 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just been to Salzburg to play a concert in the Mozarteum with the Gaudier Ensemble. Leaving London in spring weather, it was startling to find ourselves walking through the Mirabell Gardens a few hours later in heavy snow. How strange travel is! One minute you’re having breakfast in London and the next, you’re gazing […]

Musicians’ Collective

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 April 2009 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Went to a jazz gig performed by a group called ‘Way Out West‘, a collective of about twenty jazz musicians who live in this part of London. Seven of them were there on the night, plus two singers out of the three who were advertised. They explained that ‘Way Out West’ accepts invitations all over […]

Splinter groups

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 March 2009 under Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I went to the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House recently to hear a double bill of contemporary operas. Looking around the audience of several hundred, it struck me that I didn’t recognise a single person, even though I’ve been going to concerts and playing concerts in London for a long time. Over the […]

Costume drama

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 March 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Every year I feel I have to update my wardrobe of concert clothes, which is a pain because each season I have less and less of a clear idea of how I should look. But what I wear has always been noticed by people in the audience, who comment on it enough to make me […]