The Independent has named a Kingswoman's book one of the best in 2010. The book is Out of Silence by pianist and writer Susan Tomes.
Out of Silence is the diary of a year in Susan's life as a performer. We follow her as she prepares for concerts, plans masterclasses and interacts with both musicians and audiences. We also get an insight into how a professional musician is affected and inspired by events in everyday life.
Writing for The Independent, Boyd Tonkin says, "I wish idiots who bleat about the 'elitism' of the classical tradition could at least pick up this generous, friendly, revealing diary of a year's hard slog." See the full article.
Susan was the first woman to study music at King's. She is now one of Britain's foremost pianists. She has recorded over 50 CDs and won numerous international awards, including a Gramophone Award in 1999 and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2000.
She has also won critical acclaim for her writing. Her previous two books, Beyond the Notes (Boydell Press, 2004) and A Musician’s Alphabet (Faber, 2006), were as highly praised as Out of silence.