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Playing from memory

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 December 2009 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  30 Comments

On Saturday night I gave a solo recital in Cambridge. It was unexpectedly enjoyable because of the audience’s warm response. Even in this season of coughs and colds, they kept utterly silent while I was playing (which has not always been the case elsewhere this winter). Every audience has its own character, and this audience […]

Our Italian hero

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 December 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Travel  •  Leave a comment

This photo shows me outside the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, standing beside the poster for the Florestan Trio’s three concerts. On the day after the concerts, Bob and I caught the old tram up the hill of the Alfama district to visit the castle. While we were standing on the crowded tram, Bob’s wallet was […]

Beethoven’s questions

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Florestan Trio, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

For the past few days the trio has been rehearsing intensively. Over the next ten days we have two concerts at the Bath Mozartfest, a fundraising concert and dinner for the Florestan Trust, a concert at the University of Cambridge, a concert in the Wigmore Hall (with a world premiere), and three concerts in the Gulbenkian […]

New Tracks

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

One of the professors at the RSAMD said a very interesting thing when I was there the other day. We were talking about the difference that the existence of recordings has made to learning new works. He said that it’s quite common for his students to come to their lesson and say things like, ‘I’m […]

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 […]