Music Director

Sue Hughes 

Sue has been a musician all her life.  She was a Junior Exhibitioner and then a full time student at Trinity College of Music  where she studied piano, oboe and singing (under James Gaddarn and Jean Allister) and gained the GTCL (graduate diploma) and LTCL (piano teacher's diploma).  She later completed her studies at London University, gaining a teacher's certificate from the College of S Mark and S John, Chelsea and a  BMus from Goldsmiths' College.  She was Director of Music at Sutton High School for over 33 years until her retirement and it was here that she discovered her passion for choir training.  Her love of singing from an early age saw her joining various choirs and choruses from the New Philharmonia Chorus to the much smaller London Orpheus Choir.  She gained a huge amount of choral experience, singing all the major choral works, both in the UK and abroad, under great  conductors such as Klemperer and Giulini and complemented this with work as accompanist to a small choral society. 

High points in Sue's life have all been associated with choral music:  conducting Parry's 'I was Glad' in St Paul's Cathedral for Sutton High School's Centenary Service was an experience never to be forgotten.  Under Sue's direction the Chamber Choir of Sutton High School performed in a variety of venues, ranging from The Hawth in Crawley to Notre Dame in Paris.  She started the Mixed Choir of boys and girls from Sutton Grammar and Sutton High Schools and has conducted a large and diverse number of choral works from Mozart's Requiem to Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Jenkins' Adiemus with many other standard choral works along the way. She was also, for 18 years,  Musical Director of the two schools' biennial musical productions (Grease, Oklahoma, The Wedding Singer, to name a few) which have all enjoyed huge success.  Sue has retired from teaching but she continues to teach piano and singing from home and to be a deputy teacher at Junior Trinity, where she started out, and where she is called on to take mainly Musicianship, GCSE and A level classes.    

In her spare time, Sue is a keen gardener; she enjoys travel, art exhibitions,  antiques fairs, learning languages and reading and she collects ceramics.  She lives with her husband who is organist and choirmaster at St Michael's, Betchworth, and her son Tom, who plays and teaches the guitar and runs his own music recording business, DragonflyStudios.

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