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Voting systems

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 June 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during the jury’s deliberations on the Cardiff Singer of the World final on Sunday night. I’d watched most of the other rounds and had realised it was going to be a difficult choice. It was an exceptionally good line-up, and each one of the […]




Shostakovich CD just out

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 May 2011 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

I read last week of the death of ex-Sony chief Norio Ohga, the ‘father of the CD’. When Sony launched the CD format in 1982, Mr Ohga insisted that a disc must be long enough to contain his favourite piece, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This determined the 75-minute length of the new CD format. I vividly […]




‘Pick of 2010′

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 November 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

My book ‘Out of Silence’ has been chosen by The Independent as one of the ‘best books for Christmas – our pick of 2010′. I’m told by my publisher that this has led to …. well, if not a surge exactly, then a ‘bijou surgette’ in orders on Amazon. Hooray! The Independent’s literary editor, Boyd Tonkin, said: ‘..In […]




Something Good

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

What a pleasure to hear the John Wilson Orchestra in their Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom, which I heard on television. John Wilson’s arrangements are simply spellbinding. His hand-picked orchestra, with many individually distinguished musicians playing in it, reminded me of the old joke that ‘the ideal orchestra would have Jascha Heifetz as its leader.’ ‘No, […]




Independent review of new music books

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 July 2010 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

Today’s Independent newspaper has a review of new books on music, with several paragraphs devoted to mine. Click here if you’d like to read the article by the Independent’s literary editor Boyd Tonkin.