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History coming alive

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 May 2012 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

When I was in Cuba last week I saw something sweet at a concert. My daughter and I were in the Gran Teatro in Havana to see the graduation show of ballet dancers from the national ballet school, and musicians from the national music school. During the instrumental part of the evening, a young violinist […]

Easter blog holiday

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 April 2012 under Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

This blog is taking an Easter break while I go to Cuba with my daughter, leaving Bob peacefully at home to write his book on orchestral music. Oh yes, I agree: it’s hard to imagine me in Cuba, even for me. I’m a bit scared of the tropical mosquitoes, but I’m really looking forward to hearing some fabulous music. I won’t be […]

My youngest reader

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 March 2012 under Books, Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Noriko Ogawa has finished translating my book ‘Out of Silence’ into Japanese, after more than a year’s work. As Noriko zooms about the world, she and her editor in Tokyo have been corresponding about the precise choice of words and the appropriate tone, and I have been watching helplessly from the sidelines because I don’t speak Japanese […]

‘I can’t talk right now’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 March 2012 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  2 Comments

Back in the seventies, a friend told me he was reading a book by Marshall McLuhan on how technology was beginning to intrude into everyday life. ‘Apparently there is no activity which human beings will not interrupt in order to answer a ringing phone’, reported my friend. We laughed about it, and imagined a few of […]


Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 February 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  2 Comments

On Saturday I played the third of my Mozart Series concerts in Perth Concert Hall with Erich Hobarth. We were both very struck by the quality of the audience’s attention. In any winter season, there are often outbreaks of uncontrolled coughing in the audience, but it seemed as if the entire Perth audience had completely […]