Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Rainbow over Edinburgh

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

Well, I wasn’t sitting in an empty room, but I can’t pretend that my discussion session in Glasgow was a great success. Had it not been for several members of the teaching faculty coming to my rescue, it would have been a rather silent room.  My masterclass  was most enjoyable, but in retrospect I feel […]

Talking about performance

Posted by Susan Tomes on 20 October 2009 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

In the past few days I’ve spent some time studying scores of pieces I’m going to be teaching in a masterclass at the RSAMD this week. The date has been in my diary for a long time, but because the academic year only began a couple of weeks ago, it was impossible to find out who the students would […]

‘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 […]