A graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she studied voice, Susan divides her time between her work as a Choral Director and Music Educator. In 1990 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for her work with choirs. In 2010, she was awarded “Choir Master of the Year” by the Gramophone Magazine. This is a community music award, given to those who have made the greatest impact in their singing communities.
As well as being the Conductor of Sine Nomine International Touring Choir, Susan is Musical Director of Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir. This open access choir won the overall title of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2008. They took part in the BBC Proms in September 2009 singing Handel’s Messiah and received rave reviews.
Susan’s Music Education work includes being Advocate for the government funded Sing Up. She regularly gives workshops for Making Music, 20,000 Voices based in Northumberland, Sing for Pleasure and Youth Music. In December 2009, BBC Radio 3 invited her to lead performances of the Hallelujah Chorus in Glasgow and London, with participants who were new to singing and who were encouraged to join a choir. For the BBC, she also conducted an afternoon Family Prom in the Albert Hall, sharing the direction with Julia Regan, a former member of the Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir. She has also adjudicated for BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, Coleraine, Elgin and Don Valley festivals.