Monthly Archives: February 2015

Interview: Susan Tomes

First published in The Herald on 3 February, 2015

In the first chapter of her latest book, Sleeping in Temples, the pianist and writer Susan Tomes describes what it was like to grow up an earnest young music student in Edinburgh in the 1960s. She remembers venturing through to Glasgow every Saturday morning for classes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where her piano teacher Michael Gough Matthews astounded her with the suaveness of his shoes. “Shoes which were beautiful rather than sensible, for heaven’s sake!” she writes, suspecting that she herself was probably wearing her black school lace-ups — “as I did every day of the week.”

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EIF 2014 Review: Alban Gerhardt, Steven Osborne

First published in the Guardian on 14 August, 2014

How could there have been any empty seats in the Queen’s Hall for this mighty recital? Admittedly, the bulk of the programme (Britten’s thorny late cello music, Tippett’s even thornier, even later Fourth Piano Sonata) made for tough digestion at 11 in the morning. And although the formidable German cellist Alban Gerhardt is properly revered on the continent, he doesn’t seem to have the UK following he deserves.

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