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Suzi Digby OBE B Mus Hon DMus

choral conductor, music educator and social entrepreneur

HERE ARE TWO SHORT FILMS OF HER RECENT WORK:

Suzi Digby was born Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in the UK. She is a leading choral conductor and music educator and has promoted the revival of singing in the schools and communities in the UK. In 2016 she founded ORA Singers. She also founded the following National organisations: The Voices Foundation, a leading Primary Music charity; Vocal Futures, which nurtures young audiences for classical music and the London Youth Choir, which comprises five choirs, drawing singers, aged 8–22, from all of London’s boroughs and multiple communities. She is Visiting Professor of Choral Studies at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and in 2014 launched the professional vocal consort The Golden Bridge in California. She has conducted, annually, 2,000 voices in the Royal Albert Hall, London, in a scratch Youth Messiah. She has also conducted many leading ensembles, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, The English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is the official choral conductor for The Rolling Stones and she regularly adjudicates choral competitions and gives workshops and lectures around the world. She was Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge, where she founded and now runs the Queens’ Choral Conducting Programme.

Suzi is one of the UK’s most prolific commissioners of new choral music. In 2007 she was appointed OBE for services to music education.

Suzi is a visiting Professor at University of Southern California (Choral Studies).

As a conductor, Suzi’s 2011 debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Vocal Futures’ Bach’s St Matthew Passion) was met with outstanding critical acclaim: “Choral wizard”, “The mother of all music”, The Telegraph; “Sensitive and accomplished conductor”, Musical America; “A serious force for good within Britain’s music education system”, New Statesman. Suzi annually conducts 2,000 voices in the Royal Albert Hall in a scratch Youth Messiah. Last year, this was awarded Best Classical Music Education Initiative Nationwide by popular Classic FM vote.

In 2014, she launched one of the finest professional consorts in California, ‘The Golden Bridge’, which commissions Californian composers to reflect masterpieces of the English ‘Golden’ Tudor Age and of the European Renaissance.

Suzi has conducted many major choral-orchestral works with, amongst others: BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Brandenburg Festival Orchestra.

Venues at which she has conducted include The Royal Albert Hall; St John’s Smith Square; the Gstaad Festival; Ambika P3, London; St Martin in the Fields; St James’ Piccadilly; King’s College Chapel, Cambridge; and (with the Rolling Stones) O2; Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park.

Suzi is the official choral conductor for the Rolling Stones and has fixed and coached 70 local choirs for 70 cities Internationally for their 50th Anniversary Tour.

Reviews: amongst others The Times 4*, The Daily Telegraph 4*, Music in America, New Statesman See http://www.vocalfutures.org/page/press

Suzi is a Trustee of Music in Country Churches, among other music and education charities. She is Past President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge (where she founded and runs the Queens’ Choral Conducting Programme). Amongst many TV appearances, she was judge in BBC1’s hit show, Last Choir Standing with over seven million viewers. She regularly adjudicates choral competitions and gives workshops and lectures around the world.

Watch ORA at: ORA – “…a musical comet…”

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June Ford-Crush
Personal Management and Representation
PO Box 57948
London W4 2UJ

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