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One chord, two chords, three … or more

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 October 2013 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  Leave a comment

Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, who died this week, famously said (tongue in cheek, I suppose) that when you’re composing a song, ‘one chord is fine, two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz’. I had that quote in my mind last night as I listened to the concert marking the […]

Off to a summer festival (fingers crossed)

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 August 2013 under Concerts, Teaching, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’m off to Cerne Abbas in Dorset for another of the lovely chamber music festivals run very successfully each year by the Gaudier Ensemble. Concerts are on 8-11 August inclusive. As far as I know, most concerts are sold out, but if you live nearby it’s always worth asking, as there are sometimes ‘returns’. Last […]

Jealousy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2013 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m coming towards the end of my week in Fiesole, a week of baking heat during which I have realised that much of the music we’ve been studying must have been written in a cooler climate. In this kind of intense heat we can hardly face playing, or even hearing, some of the more energetic […]

ECMA in Florence

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 July 2013 under Concerts, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m off to Italy to teach for a week on the European Chamber Music Academy course. ECMA is an unusual organisation which moves around during the year, holding courses at a number of ‘host institutions’ in different parts of Europe. It offers high-level coaching to chamber groups – mainly string quartets and piano trios – […]

Mozart’s ‘lyrics’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 8 April 2013 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

I’ve been leaping boldly into the world of new media by uploading an audio file to one of the new online music distributors which helps artists to get their music directly to new audiences. (Details to follow when I’ve got to the end of the process). It’s instrumental music by Mozart and I was very […]