Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

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 […]

Silent churches

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just been in Venice for a few days. The city was on the cusp of autumn – warm and sunny but with thunderstorms looming, and mist in the morning on the day we left. We visited about 547 churches. As ever in Italy, I’m disappointed by how rarely one hears any music being made […]

Guessing the dynamics

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 September 2009 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings  •  Leave a comment

In November, my trio is giving the premiere of a new work which has been written for us – is being written for us, I should say – by Huw Watkins. Earlier in the summer I pestered Huw to let me have what he’d written so far, and though the parts aren’t fully finished yet, he […]

The student purse then and now

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 September 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  2 Comments

Several good letters in today’s Guardian on the subject of university fees. Various people point out that the older generation in Britain benefited from non-repayable grants. Today’s students have loans, and the average debt when a student graduates is now £15,000. Current students point out angrily that the older generation had it easy with their […]