Susan began her first singing lessons in 1967, when she was taught to ‘belt’ while singing numbers from the film the Sound of Music – still a musical favourite.
A better teacher later started Susan working on the traditional classical vocalises of Vaccai, and worked with her over the years to develop her rich mezzo-soprano sound. She continued to study singing intermittently alongside her career in medical social work. (She describes her career with the words: ‘what I did while I was waiting to sing’.)
Susan stopped singing for a time when she was paralysed, but later found singing to be a great help in her recovery. She believes her talent lies in her ability to recover her voice when she thought she would never sing again.
Susan was an Observer on the Winterreise Project (2015), the Dichterliebe Project (2016), the Schoene Muellerin Project (2017) and is hugely enjoying joining us again for the Vaughan Williams Project in 2018.