SUZI DIGBY OBE
Artistic Director & Founder
Suzi Digby OBE is an internationally renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator and she has trail-blazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community. Suzi founded and runs the following influential national arts/educational organisation: The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading Primary Music Education Charity), Vocal Futures (nurturing young audiences for classical music) and the London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all ethnic communities in London’s 33 boroughs). Suzi is also a visiting Professor at the University of Southern California (Choral Studies) and in 2014 launched her Californian professional vocal consort, The Golden Bridge. She was even recently awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music (DMus) degree by the University of Aberdeen.
As a conductor Suzi’s 2011 Vocal Futures debut performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion were 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, and the follow up production of Haydn’s Creation in 2013 garnered similar reviews. She completed her Vocal Futures triptych in 2015 with sold out shows of Handel’s The Choice of Hercules.
Suzi annually conducts 2,000 voices in the Royal Albert Hall in a scratch Youth Messiah which was awarded Best Classical Music Education Initiative Nationwide by popular Classic FM vote. Suzi has conducted many major choral-orchestral works with ensembles such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, The English Concert and The Brandenburg Festival Orchestra. On the lighter side of music she has provided choirs for the Rolling Stones at the O2, Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park, amongst other venues worldwide.
Suzi has been 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 now runs the Queen’s Choral Conducting programme). Amongst many TV appearances, she was a judge in BBC1’s hit show, Last Choir Standing with over seven million viewers. As part of her commitment to the creation and support of contemporary music, Suzi has also led a programme of active commissioning of new compositions. Her founding of ORA fulfils a lifelong ambition to rein a professional ensemble to unite these elements with her love of the Renaissance choral repertoire.