SUZI DIGBY (LADY EATWELL) OBE
Born in Japan, and having lived internationally before settling in London and Cambridge, Suzi Digby is an internationally renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator. She has trailblazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades.
Suzi founded and runs five influential National arts/education organizations: The Voices Foundation (the UK's leading Primary Music Education Charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London's finest young Chamber Choirs); Vocal Futures (Nurturing young [16-22] audiences for Classical Music); Singing4Success (Leadership and 'Accelerated Learning' for Corporates) and The London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all London's 33 Boroughs and multi communities). 2015 saw the launch of her professional vocal consort, Ora (commissioning new choral works as 'reflections' of old masterworks). Ora is London-based with residencies in Saõ Paulo and Hong Kong.
Suzi teaches a Masters degree in Music (Choral Conducting( at the University of Cambridge and is a visiting Professor at University of Southern California (Choral Conducting Masters/Masters in Arts Leadership).
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. In 2015/16 she will be working with the London Mozart Players and Britten Sinfonia. Suzi is Trustee of Music in Country Churches for HRH The Prince of Wales, among other music and education charities. She is Past President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (the UK National Classical Musicians Union) and was Acting Music Director of Queens' College (where she founded and runs the Queens' Choral Conducting Programme), University of Cambridge. Amongst many TV appearances, she was a judge on BBC1's hit show, Last Choir Standing, with over seven million viewers. Suzi annually conducts 2,000 voices in the Royal Albert Hall in a scratch Youth Messiah.
In 2007 she was appointed OBE by the Queen for services to music education.