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Brexit

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 June 2016 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

The UK vote to leave the European Union has shocked the classical music world, particularly the young European musicians who have opted to study, live or work in the UK courtesy of EU rules and funding. I’ve taught them and played with them on various courses and have always regarded their presence in the UK […]




Precision drifting

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 May 2016 under Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Last week I was in Rome, where I walked into a church one day to hear a group of about twenty nuns chanting an evening service. (I say ‘chanting’ because it wasn’t exactly singing, nor was it exactly speaking, but some melodious hybrid of the two.) There was a small group at the front who sang […]




Status, yes/no

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 March 2016 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  5 Comments

In my travels as a guest tutor I come across post-grad and young professional musicians from lots of different countries. For some time now I’ve made it a habit to ask them how they’re getting on with making their way in the classical music profession – easy or difficult? Without exception they reply that they are finding […]




Playing with Mosaiques and with Erich Höbarth

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 February 2016 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  4 Comments

An exciting week lies ahead, with a whole cluster of works – nine, in fact – to perform in the space of four days. I’m doing a residency with the wonderful period-instrument quartet, Quatuor Mosaiques, in Perth Concert Hall (in Scotland, before any Australians start calling the wrong hall for tickets. It has happened!) The Quatuor Mosaiques […]




Playing in Aberdeen

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 January 2016 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

Last week I played a lunchtime recital in Aberdeen, the first time I’d played in the city for ages. I took a train early enough to allow me to see sunrise over the Firth of Forth, followed by a spectacular curve around the coastline of Fife as the first light was touching the landscape (see […]




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