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National Anthems

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 August 2012 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

The Olympic medal ceremonies have proved a parade ground for the national anthems of lots of different countries. And what a lamentable bunch these anthems are, from a musical point of view. I’ve been struck by how most of them fail to give the slightest flavour of the country concerned. Almost every national anthem appears […]

Pink garlic from our garden

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 July 2012 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Last summer we brought back some pink garlic from the French village of Lautrec, where we visited a memorable exhibition of tableaux created using pink garlic cloves as the raw material. When we got home, we divided our garlic bulbs into single cloves and planted them in the back garden. Lo and behold, a year later, we […]

Clair de Lune in Dorset

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 June 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

As part of the Cerne Abbas music festival in Dorset, members of the Gaudier Ensemble have been giving masterclasses in the church to some local young musicians. Two years ago I had the pleasure of teaching a talented young Dorset pianist, Max Blass-Laker, and yesterday he played to me again. I remember that two years ago, […]

Cerne Giant beacon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 June 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’m down in Dorset for the annual music festival of the Gaudier Ensemble in Cerne Abbas. Last night I finished my rehearsals in time to join a crowd of people walking from the centre of the village and up the hill where the famous Cerne Abbas Giant is depicted. On top of the hill, as night fell, […]

Brahms, Brahms and Brahms

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 June 2012 under Concerts, Travel  •  4 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever played and listened to so much Brahms as I have this week. The Orion Quartet and I have now done three Brahms concerts this week in Oxford and London, and there’s another tonight in King’s Place. Every programme has been a mix of Brahms string quartets and piano quartets or quintet. We’ve agreed […]