...a crepuscular meditation, often on the threshold of silence
...the flute whispers delicately...
...the deep resonances of flautist Susie Hodder-Williams...
The Wire, CD Mariner’s Way
...hauntingly desolate...utterly captivating
The Independent: , CD Northern Lights
...the pure-toned, immensely suspense-filled flute...
Downtown Music Gallery, New York: The Sea of the Edge
Susie Hodder-Williams studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music and read English at the University of York. She works as a freelance musician with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and ballet companies.
Her own interests stem from Japanese contemporary music, meditation and the use of breath; having studied many alternative health practices, she is inspired by how music can be a pathway towards mental health, wellbeing and clarity.
She has recorded a series of CDs for FMR records exploring these worlds: Mariner’s Way, 2010, The Tao of Homeopathy, 2012, Three Meditations, 2013, The Sound Within, 2014, Coracle of Life, 2019 and a new CD for solo bass flute, to be released next year.
In 2018, she was commissioned by André Wallace to create music to accompany his body of work, The Voyage. This resulted in the CD, Coracle of Life, which accompanied his sculpture exhibition between October 2018 and January 2019, at Poole Museum.
Susie has commissioned other composers to write for solo flute and flute and chamber ensembles. These works have been recorded by FMR records and published by Schott, Dobermann, Yppan and a number of other publishers. Future commissions under discussion for 2020, are from Gwilym Simcock, Athena Corcoran-Tadd and David Lancaster.
The international composer, Stephen Goss wrote her a new piece for solo flute, entitled The Sea of the Edge, which was first performed at the Guildford International Music Festival on March 21st 2011. She released the world première recording of this work on the FMR label, as part of the CD, Northern Lights, which was given a four star review from the Independent. In September 2011, she toured the US and Canada giving the US Première of The Sea of the Edge in Downtown Music Gallery, New York. She gave its Ukraine Première at the Two Days, Two Nights, Contemporary Music Festival in Odessa, Ukraine, in April 2012. Other commissions include works by Ian Vine, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell and Philip Cashian.
She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician on In Tune & Late Junction, played at the BBC Proms and recorded several contemporary and chamber CDs for FMR records. Her recordings have received worldwide radio play on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ, ABC Australia, NZ Radio, local radio stations in the US, WDR, ÖRF and VPRO. The music from Mariner’s Way was used for a documentary on national German radio station, WDR.
Concert tours have taken her to the Far East, Europe, Ukraine, US and Canada. In 2004, Susie was invited by the British Council for a three week tour giving recitals as a duo, all around the island and meeting the inspirational Bunun tribe in the heart of Taiwan.
As a concerto soloist she has played many times at St Martins-in-th-Fields with both London Concertante and the Belmont Ensemble. She also performed concertos in Canterbury Cathedral and in other churches around the UK with the New London Sinfonia.
In some of her orchestral work, she has performed with the London Mozart Players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English National Ballet, the Orchestra of the Swan and Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Susie teaches in the specialist music department at Wells Cathedral School, one of the UK’s top music schools. She also works with artists, writers and musicians on exploring the nature of creativity both on a one to one setting and through a series of retreats in the UK and Spain. She teaches a form of active meditation. In 2019, she was invited to give a talk and workshop about her work at the ISM Health and Wellbeing Conference, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.
© Susie Hodder-Williams 2021