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At the Edinburgh Society of Musicians

Posted by Susan Tomes on 25 January 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’ve been in Scotland, giving a talk and masterclass at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, founded in 1887. Their meetings take place in an fascinating house now shared by several of the city’s musical societies. The house was built in the late 19th century, and its recital room is hung with portraits of 19th- and 20th-century […]

Vaulting ambition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 November 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

To Evensong at King’s College, Cambridge. At this time of year it is quite dark when the service begins at 5.30pm. As the sound of the choir floats upwards, it seems to draw the eye up to the beautiful fan vaulting (see photo). I never get tired of hearing how subtly the long resonance dies […]

Herald article about SIPC

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 September 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

Today’s Glasgow Herald has an article about the Scottish International Piano Competition, which starts next week in Glasgow. I’m  on the competition jury. The board of the competition have made some wise and welcome changes to the requirements, which we all hope will encourage well-rounded and deep-thinking musicians to apply. The finals are now divided into […]

Yelling for silence

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 August 2010 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

I was in Italy last week and was lucky enough to be in Siena on the day the fragile mosaics of the cathedral floor were uncovered, as they are each summer for a short period. My photo shows one of the central mosaics, King David who was also a musician. The cathedral was full of […]

Anton Stadler’s clarinet

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2010 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  2 Comments

The final concert of the Gaudier Ensemble’s Cerne Abbas Music Festival, in which I took part, featured one of my favourite pieces of chamber music, the Clarinet Quintet of Mozart. There was a surprise this time. Clarinettist Richard Hosford has an instrument which he recently had re-built to emulate the clarinet of Anton Stadler, whose playing inspired […]