Susie Allan was educated at Malvern Girls’ College, Worcester College, Oxford, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied Accompaniment under Paul Hamburger, Graham Johnson, Iain Burnside and Martin Isepp (at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta). She was the recipient of many prizes including the Gerald Moore Award and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Award. Post Guildhall, she was a regular accompanist for masterclasses at the Britten-Pears School (founded by Benjamin Britten at Snape Maltings). Here she played for the classes of Elly Ameling, Roger Vignoles, Elisabeth Soderstrom, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Hugues Cuenod, amongst others.
Susie has become best-known for her work as a Vocal Accompanist, and on the concert platform in Britain and Europe she has appeared with many British singers such as William Dazeley, Susan Gritton, the American Thomas Randle, and the Canadian Nathan Berg, as well as Roderick Williams of course. She is a former Professor of Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London, and of the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff, and has given masterclasses for the East Anglian Summer Music School. She has recently been appointed as a Repertoire Coach at the Royal Academy of Music.
Susie has had a long-standing musical partnership with Roderick Williams, and over the years has appeared with him at many festivals all over Britain, as well as at concerts in France, Austria (Schloss Atzenbrugg- Schubert Museum for Martin Randall) and New Haven (Yale). She has also recorded with him both discs and broadcasts, more recently for the BBC Proms on radio and TV, premiering his own arrangement of Amazing Grace. They recently collaborated with Jenny Agutter in a successful tour of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, which they took from venues in Shropshire to London (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and New York (Park Avenue Armory).
Other projects include 2015 Bermuda Festival playing a four-handed version of La Traviata for Opera a la Carte, and a number of recitals with duet partner Rosalind Jones. She will also be performing more Schubert with Roddy this year and next at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Millichope Park. She will be playing for a masterclass with Willard White later in the summer, and in the autumn will be collaborating with the Presteigne Festival.
As a ‘Shropshire lass,’ she is heavily involved in the musical life of the area, has appeared at the Ludlow Song Weekend, and lives with her three children in the county celebrated in the ‘Shropshire Lad’ poems of A E Housman, who is buried at the church of her local town, Ludlow.