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November sun

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 November 2011 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

To Cambridge for a dinner at my old college. In order to check what I wore last year at this event, I looked up some photos I’d taken at the time (just as well, as I was about to wear the same thing) and was surprised to see how much colder it was last year […]

In Oxford

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 November 2011 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

When I was in Oxford the other day to give a masterclass at the university, I visited a friend who lives and teaches in one of the Oxford colleges. To reach his rooms, I had to pass through several interlocking courtyards, or Quads as they’re called in Oxford. Each courtyard took me further away from […]

‘Mozart’s grave’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 October 2011 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

One afternoon in Vienna we went out to visit the place where Mozart was buried, in the Sankt Marx cemetery outside the old city walls. Today the burial ground, no longer used since the 1880s, lies forlornly in the midst of motorway flyovers, housing estates, industrial warehouses and a mobile phone headquarters. It’s an ugly […]

Differing tastes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 October 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  14 Comments

In the wake of the Trondheim competition, I’ve been thinking about the gap between the jury’s taste and the public’s taste in performers. Several times during the competition I happened to bump into members of the public in the coffee shop, or in the foyers of the concert hall, and got chatting to them about […]

Norwegian Salmon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 September 2011 under Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

It’s hard to imagine getting blasé about smoked salmon, but I have nearly managed it here in Trondheim. At the hotel’s generous breakfast buffet there’s a special stand, known to us musicians as ‘the salmon station’, where you can get smoked and cured salmon of majestic quality. The salmon chef, or salmonster, if I could […]