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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 […]

Knowing the roads

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 August 2010 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  5 Comments

Chatting with a friend about how long a certain car journey would take, I guessed that it would take x hours, and my friend replied, ‘Well, it only takes me y hours, but then I know the roads, so I whiz along.’ People often say that kind of thing, and I never really understand the […]

Under the pyramid

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 March 2010 under Concerts, Florestan Trio, Travel  •  1 Comment

Here I am in Paris, sitting on top of the concert hall where the trio made its Paris debut this week in a concert broadcast live by Radio France Musique. I’m sitting by IM Pei’s celebrated glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Musée du Louvre. Underneath the pyramid is a complex of foyers and […]

Lucky old snails

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 March 2010 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Coming back from a concert in Holland I thought, not for the first time, how strange it is that there’s only one little spot on the earth that is ‘my house’, and to which I have to make my way back from wherever I’ve been. In this case, first with a taxi ride, then a […]

City frustration

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 March 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

A disappointing evening. We had been invited to a lovely ‘housewarming concert’ on the other side of the city (I took this photo of the full moon as we set off in cheerful mood). After waiting for ages at our local tube station, we were told that  because of a signal failure we’d have to […]