Suzi Digby OBE is a conductor, choir master and music educator. She regularly gives lectures and presentations on all aspects of the choral world, adjudicates choir competitions and gives workshops and team building sessions internationally.
She was a judge on the highly successful BBC TV series Last Choir Standing - a competition for Britain's favourite choir, which attracted 10 million UK fans and many more world wide and she has judged The Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the BBC Choir of the Year and BBC Chorister of the Year competitions, as well as contributing regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Suzi has founded Singing4Success – and with her top team of experts they offer inspirational and motivational singing based workshops for team building and leadership exercises both in the UK and internationally with an emphasis on active listening, and confident communication providing 'Accelerated Learning' for Corporates.
Suzi is the Founder and Principal of The Voices Foundation, the leading music education charity which she established in 1993, which works with schools to deliver sustainable solutions to teaching music at a Primary level.
She is a Council Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Trustee of Music in Country Churches and several other music and education charities. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Past President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
She has worked internationally with children's and adult choirs for many years and founded Voce in 2003, widely acknowledged as London's best young and vibrant Chamber Choir.
Other foundations are Vocal Futures, which aims to build young audiences (16-22) for classical music, and the London Youth Choir - an exciting initiative to provide London's young singers with a world class choral education and to create a flagship ensemble with a pyramid of 5 choirs from all 33 Boroughs to represent the city of London on a world stage.
Suzi has also launched the professional vocal consort, Ora - commissioning new choral works as 'reflections' of old masterworks. Within a week of release their CD Upheld in Stillness was the highest new entry in the Classical Specialist Chart.
She was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition of outstanding services to music education.
What the audiences say:
“Suzi was on stage with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones when her choirs (Voce Chamber Choir and London Youth Chamber Choir) performed for the 50th anniversary concerts at the O2 with a capacity audience of 20,000!”
“Suzi, her conductors and musicians performed a miracle for us for our 210th birthday when they brought together three choirs of 60 colleagues and in under two hours coached them in three sung and danced medleys of Abba, the Beatles and Gangnam Style before an audience of 2,500. Suzi and team turned up the emotional pitch and united us all. It was an extraordinary moment. As for the singers, they bonded with colleagues they didn't know, achieved something they knew nothing of when they awoke that morning and of which most did not think themselves remotely capable. For them it was a transformative experience.”
The Pictet Group
“Suzi assumed we could all sing – so we could!' ~ 'Normally a very competitive atmosphere – so we let down our guard and played together' ~ 'Everyone was committed to working together to get the best sound”
National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare
“Suzi Digby was a very successful guest speaker at Roedean School. She gave an engaging and lively presentation which drew on the specific features of the school and kept young and old entertained with activating and community singing.”
Mrs Frances King (MBA) London (MBA) Hull, Headmistress of Roedean School
“Feedback has been beyond my expectations and can best be summarised as:
'Took me out of my comfort zone before I even knew it'
'Amazing parallels in music and what Suzi did with what we have to do as leaders and team players in banking'
'Suzi's leadership, energy and communication skills were awe-inspiring'
'The sessions gave me so much food for thought and areas for me to work on as a leader'
'Great opportunity for us to join up in a focussed but enjoyable manner'
'The dinner with Suzi was enlightening, not just because of her music experiences that translate to our leadership needs, but her own amazing leadership'
'Really fun event too'. In short, I would say that is a wrap! Thank you for all that you have done to help us on our journey.”
Martin Spurling, Fifs Chief Executive Officer Offshore Islands & HSBC Bank International Limited
"Great letting something inside of you out that you don't normally let out' ~ 'Excellent for times of low morale' ~ 'An excellent icebreaker on a training day”
Department for Skills and Education National Leadership and innovation Agency for Healthcare
'A clear link between singing and presentation/projection in the work place'
'I learnt key steps to overcome nerves and have more confidence'
'Surpassed all expectations of a normal presentation workshop'
“We were thrilled to have Suzi deliver a keynote speech at our conference and many attendees found her inspiring and were particularly struck with her talking about learning through listening, and how to facilitate that. Thank you.”