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Instrumental music in Italy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 September 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’ve been in Italy for a few days. One evening I went to a concert in the courtyard of a lovely historic building in Bologna. The Italians are so lucky to have so many of these theatrical spaces and the climate which makes it possible to sit there, in the balmy air, late into the […]

Peyro Clabado

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 August 2011 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

During lunch in a tiny village in the forests of Le Sidobre, in Languedoc, we got into conversation with an elderly lady who told us that she spoke Occitan as a child, before she was required to learn French. At our request, she spoke some Occitan to us, the only time I’ve ever heard it […]

Garlic as artistic medium

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 August 2011 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  4 Comments

An exhibition of artistic sculptures based on pink garlic – how could I resist when I saw the poster outside the tourist office in Lautrec? Pink garlic is a local speciality, but despite its undoubted charms it didn’t seem a promising material for sculpture. I imagined tiny netsuke figures whittled from cloves of garlic, but […]

Life imitates Debussy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 August 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

The Ambialet piano course ended last night with concerts by the participants (see some of them in the photo). It never ceases to amaze me how people manage to raise their game in these circumstances, even though most of them find it a nerve-racking experience and dread it beforehand. Every single person played the best […]

Choosing to be a musician

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 August 2011 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

An interesting conversation at lunch today about choosing music as a career despite the misgivings of one’s parents. Everyone at the summer school had had some form of The Conversation about whether music was an acceptable profession. Many recalled that they were strongly encouraged in their musical endeavours right up to the point where they […]