Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Messages out of the blue

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 November 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  1 Comment

Here I am talking with a talented young pianist at the very enjoyable masterclass I gave at Bowdoin College in Maine a few days ago. It was enjoyable partly because of the students and partly because of the audience, which included some townsfolk not used to coming to such events. One of them said to […]

Outsider Art

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 November 2013 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  10 Comments

Here I am in conversation yesterday with Professor Mary Hunter in the Studzinski Recital Hall during the Klavierfest at Bowdoin College, Maine. We were billed to talk to the audience about various issues to do with performing, but as many conversations do these days, it turned into a kind of ‘Whither classical music?’ discussion. It […]

Munich competition afterthoughts

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 September 2013 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

Since the end of the ARD Competition in Munich I have been mulling over the concept of competitions. Of course we all understand the point of competitions, and many are prepared to put up with the negative aspects in the hope of benefitting from the positive ones. Personally, I always found it hard to play […]

Munich competition ends

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 September 2013 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  2 Comments

The ARD-Competition in Munich ended with three out of the four categories (violin, viola, bassoon, piano trio) awarding no first prize. Only Yura Lee won a first prize in the viola category. I wonder if it is generally realised by the public that the rules in Munich do not allow the first prize to be […]

The Cerne Abbas Festival comes to an end

Posted by Susan Tomes on 13 August 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  4 Comments

Another Cerne Abbas festival has come to an end. Remembering last year’s dreadful weather, during which one of the group had to drive to Dorchester to buy some thermal undergarments, I had packed some rather warm concert clothes, which I regretted as soon as I realised how sunny this year’s festival was going to be. […]