Shrewsbury School

The plaudits roll in for Shrewsbury School piano teacher’s CD

Friday 5 January 2018

‘Celebrating English Song’, a recording made by Susie Allan, who has taught piano at the School for several years, and baritone Roderick Williams, has won rave reviews from music critics since its publication in November.

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

You can also read an interview with Susie Allan at

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