|February 4th 2017
|Concert £9 (£11)
| Susan Legg
| ~ mezzo soprano
Head of Voice at University of Chichester, Susan Legg returns to the Club to work with selected singers on vocal technique, musical interpretation and posture.
Susan Legg studied singing with Margaret Kingsley at the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio and piano with Clifford Benson and Phyllis Sellick.
She is currently Head of Vocal Studies at University of Chichester, looking after the vocal welfare of nearly 600 singers. Since winning the National Mozart Singing Competition, Susan's flourishing career has taken her to major venues worldwide. Specialising in contemporary song, she has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Norwegian Radio. Legendary mezzo Christa Ludwig described Susan's lyric mezzo as "a beautiful voice with a fine coloratura".
Susan has given vocal and piano recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St. John's Smith's Square and performed at Glyndebourne, Bayreuth, Wexford and Aldeburgh Festivals and the Walton Trust, Ischia. She has sung all Elgar's choral works, Bach's Passions, the Verdi and Mozart Requiems and toured Handel's Messiah in Mexico.
Awards include: National Mozart Singing Competition; Richard Tauber Schubert Society Prize; Tillett Trust's Young Artists' Platform; finalist in Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Belvedere International Singing Competition and British representative in the Queen Sonja International Competition.
In a celebrated duo with pianist Ann Martin-Davis, their CD of Lutoslawski chamber music for ASV Label was described as "beautiful and exquisite" by BBC Music Magazine and was followed by a disc from a forgotten composer for Nimbus: "Heaven-Haven", The Songs of Peter Pope. The duo have commissioned song-cycles from Graham Fitkin, Howard Skempton and Gabriel Jackson which they toured in major UK music festivals. Their project "Mr James' Garden" celebrated music, sculpture and Edward James's surrealist Mexican garden "Las Pozas". With specially commissioned Mexican artwork, it premiered in Mexico City with UK performances in Henley and Petworth Festivals.
Susan has recorded soundtracks for Film, TV and video games and regularly sings with the BBC Singers. Having co-written and performed on the soundtrack for the film "The Impressionists", Susan's voice featured on Stephen Baysted's film score "Renoir: Revered and Reviled", which premiered in February 2016, and was shown in cinemas worlwide.
Oratorio engagements for 2016/17 include Verdi's "Requiem" in Dorchester Abbey, Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" in Canterbury, and Mendelssohn's "Elijah" in Brighton.
"A lustrous mezzo soprano" The Sunday Times