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Susan Tomes, piano

26 October 2023, 8pm (doors at 7.30pm)

Join us for a Chamber Music concert in the Kettle’s Yard house with Susan Tomes.

This event has passed. £24 (£5 students)


Marianna Martines: Sonata in A major (first movement)
Maria Szymanowska: Caprice
Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte: Op.38, No.6 & Op.102 No.5
Fanny Mendelssohn: Abschied von Rom; Mai (from Das Jahr)
Robert Schumann: Bunte Blätter Op.99 Nos 1-8
Clara Schumann: Romanze in G minor Op.21 No.3
Cécile Chaminade: Automne
Judith Weir: The King of France
Claude Debussy: Images Series 1: Reflets dans l’eau; Hommage à Rameau; Mouvement
Teresa Carreño: Un bal en rêve



Tomes grips the eye as well as the ear, for she has mastered the art of throwaway perfectionism in music that’s in her blood.

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About Susan Tomes

Susan Tomes has won numerous international awards as a pianist, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio, including several Gramophone Awards and the 2013 Cobbett Medal. She grew up in Edinburgh and was the first woman to take a degree in music at King’s College, Cambridge. Her career encompasses solo, duo and chamber playing; she has made over fifty CDs and has been at the heart of the internationally admired ensembles Domus, the Gaudier Ensemble and the Florestan Trio with whom she won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. She has served on international music competition juries in London, Vienna, Munich, Trondheim, Graz, Lyon and Weimar, and will be chairing the jury for the piano trio section of the ARD International Competition in Munich in September 2023. A desire to share her love of music has motivated her to branch out into writing. She is the author of six acclaimed books. The Piano – a History in 100 Pieces (Yale, 2021) was a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Spectator and the Financial Times and won a Presto Music Award. Her seventh book, due out in March 2024, is a history of women playing the piano.

A photo of a woman in a white jacket smiling at the camera
Photo by Robert Philip


Please note, for conservation and security reasons, no bags or large coats are allowed in the house. Limited bag storage is available at reception.

This event will take place in the extension of the house which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area is accessible for wheelchair users and the ground floor extension area of the house is newly accessible for wheelchair users with a ramp. There is no lift to the upper floors of the house. If you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you. Please get in touch on 01223 748100 or email

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