SUE HEATH-DOWNEY

GRSM, ARCM, LRAM, ARCO

Sue Heath-Downey is a London-based professional freelance musician. After studying Organ, Piano, Harpsichord and Choir Training at the Royal Academy of Music, Sue worked in various musical fields including journalism, orchestra management and record production, in addition to performing, teaching and conducting. She is now mainly active as a choral conductor, organist, harpsichordist (with her own single manual Italian instrument) and tutor.


Sue has given solo recitals in many countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Australia and USA, as well as St Paul’s, Westminster, Southwark, Coventry and Chester Cathedrals in the UK. Recently she played 3 concerts with the french choir 'Lux Aeterna' in Normandie.

Sue is currently Organist of St Paul's Church, Deptford - a Roman Baroque church by Thomas Archer, 1730, with a beautiful William Drake 2004 organ. She has held posts as Organist and Director of Music at the German Church in Knightsbridge, St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury and St Magnus the Martyr in the City of London. Until recently, she was Artistic Director and Organiser of the IAO's annual 'London Organ Days'. As a tutor, Sue teaches Organ at Bacon's College in south London, and has Piano students from beginner level to grade 8 and beyond.

Always passionate about access to music for everyone, Sue is strongly committed to developing music-making in her local community and to building bridges between amateur and professional musicians. She is Conductor and Music Director of the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society (RBCS), which she founded in 1998, and of the Welcome Singers (Southwark Pensioners' Choir). In 2009 Sue established the RBCS Chamber Orchestra, which brings together young professional musicians from the London music conservatoires and proficient amateur players. She has recently been appointed Musical Director of the Elizabethan Singers of London, a professional group who perform Tudor music in beautiful Elizabethan costumes.

FORTHCOMING PERFORMANCES (2011)
Organ Recitals
St Paul's Cathedral, London - Sunday July 31st, 4.45pm (music by JS Bach, Mendelssohn, Walton, Guy Bovet)
The Queen's College Chapel, Oxford - Wednesday October 19th, 1.10pm

Conducting
The Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society - Saturday July 16th, 7pm - St James' Church, Bermondsey
(cantata: Hiawatha's Wedding Feast by S Coleridge-Taylor)