In addition to her teaching commitments at Shrewsbury School and her nurturing of a number of gifted young pianists, Susie has a very busy life as a performer of national renown – as do a great many of the peripatetic music teachers at the School. She and Roderick have given numerous concerts together over many years – most memorably for Shrewsbury audiences in the Maidment Auditorium in 2016, when actress Jenny Agutter joined them for a wonderful performance of Schubert’s ‘Schwanengesang’.
Their latest CD is a collection of Roderick’s and Susie’s favourite English songs and includes some of the best-known songs of the periods between the World Wars – among them six songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by George Butterworth and works by Ivor Gurney, John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
‘Celebrating English Song’ was the name given to a famous concert series staged each summer at Tardebigge, Bromsgrove, which played an invaluable role in popularising English song. Sadly, the series closed down last June with a final recital given to a standing ovation by Roderick and Susie. The CD duplicates that last programme. It also pays a poignant tribute to some of our greatest composers of English art-song.
More information about the CD can be found at https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/celebrating-english-song/
You can also read an interview with Susie Allan at https://crosseyedpianist.com/2017/11/26/meet-the-artist-susie-allan-pianist/