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Not a museum of glass and stone

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

After lamenting the lack of music in Venice churches, I had the opposite experience yesterday when attending Evensong in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. It’s always uplifting to hear the Chapel resounding to the pure intonation and chiselled phrases of the choir, a mixture of male undergraduates from the College and boys from the nearby […]

Silent churches

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 October 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just been in Venice for a few days. The city was on the cusp of autumn – warm and sunny but with thunderstorms looming, and mist in the morning on the day we left. We visited about 547 churches. As ever in Italy, I’m disappointed by how rarely one hears any music being made […]

Baby Alpaca

Posted by Susan Tomes on 29 September 2009 under Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Far be it from me to add to the deluge of cute animal pictures on the internet, but I couldn’t resist posting this photo of a baby alpaca, taken by my daughter a few weeks ago near Lake Titicaca in Peru. This alpaca lives in a little compound with his best friend, a sheep.

Pibroch

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 September 2009 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

When I was in the Highlands recently I had the pleasure of meeting the eminent Scots musicologist Dr John Purser, who has been presenting a long-running series of radio programmes on the history of Scots music – much of which has come as a surprise to today’s radio audience. John and his wife Barbara treated us […]

Over the sea to Skye

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 September 2009 under Daily Life, Travel  •  1 Comment

Just returned from a ‘summer’ holiday on the Isle of Skye, in the Highlands of Scotland. It rained almost continuously, so we were hardly surprised when we learned that our visit was part of the most prolonged spell of wet weather recorded on the island since 1861. The mountains and lochs had their own beauty […]