Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Jealousy

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2013 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m coming towards the end of my week in Fiesole, a week of baking heat during which I have realised that much of the music we’ve been studying must have been written in a cooler climate. In this kind of intense heat we can hardly face playing, or even hearing, some of the more energetic […]

ECMA in Florence

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 July 2013 under Concerts, Teaching, Travel  •  2 Comments

I’m off to Italy to teach for a week on the European Chamber Music Academy course. ECMA is an unusual organisation which moves around during the year, holding courses at a number of ‘host institutions’ in different parts of Europe. It offers high-level coaching to chamber groups – mainly string quartets and piano trios – […]

Fidelio in Vienna

Posted by Susan Tomes on 28 March 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

We have been in snowy Vienna, where we were invited to hear a performance of Beethoven’s opera ‘Fidelio’ in the very theatre where it was premiered (see photo). We were sitting right behind Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the conductor. It was thrilling to be in the Theater an der Wien which, despite renovation of the foyers, must […]

Front and back

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 February 2013 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

Which is the front of a church? At the weekend we had a disagreement about it. We were talking about somewhere we’d been on holiday. I referred to a certain road as ‘the one that goes past the back of the church’. Bob’s response puzzled me. From his description, he was clearly visualising the road […]

When snow stops play

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 January 2013 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

The snow is causing all sorts of disruption. On Friday I went into town to meet someone who didn’t arrive because his flight from Austria was cancelled. On Saturday morning, I was supposed to be coaching a young German group, but their violinist was stuck in Germany because of the snow. They kept me informed […]