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On Conducting:

“As a professional soloist who has sung with many top international conductors, I am quite in awe of Susanna’s skill. Not only does she have the technique, musicality and personality to take young inexperienced players and help them to fall in love with the orchestral repertoire, but she manages to create a whole which far transcends the sum of its parts, producing powerful performances of unexpected polish, atmosphere and flair. I feel incredibly fortunate that my son and daughter, both now at Music College, were exposed to her inspirational musicality at a formative age.” 

Lynton Atkinson - Singer & Professor of Singing - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 

“I have known Susanna Riddell for approximately 20 years. In recent years, her interest in the musical development of young people has come to the fore. Fortunately, she is completely comfortable and competent in this sphere. I have witnessed some tremendously impressive performances by the Wessex Youth Orchestra, under her direction. Due to the clarity of her beat and her feeling for pulse, the rhythmic energy and impeccable ensemble of the group become immediately obvious. She is also at the stage in her career where she has gained the experience necessary to display excellent judgement in her approach to projects.” 

Geoffrey Lynn, ARCM (Hons.) Violinist, London Philharmonic Orchestra 

On Teaching - Coaching - Mentoring:

"Two wonderfully amazing days, one amazing woman, please can I have her on my shoulder when I'm conducting?"

Staff member, East Sussex Music Hub conductor training participant 

" I'm so grateful for all the help you’ve given me - you’ve not only improved my cello playing greatly, but I genuinely look forward to my lessons so much. Your determination with my (stubborn) habits and kindness with all your effort never ceases to inspire me!”

Junior Artist Scheme participant (London Philharmonic Orchestra)

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