Susie Hodder-Williams

Susie Hodder-Williams

...the flute whispers delicately...
...the deep resonances of flautist Susie Hodder-Williams...
The Wire

...the pure-toned, immensely suspense-filled flute...
Downtown Music Gallery, New York

hauntingly desolate..utterly captivating
The Independent ****

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, opera 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 mindfulness.

She has recorded a series of CDs for FMR records exploring these worlds: Mariner’s Way 2009, The Tao of Homeopathy, 2012/13, Three Meditations 2013, The Sound Within 2014, Coracle of Life 2018 and a new CD for inner calm, for solo bass flute to be released next year.

Concert tours have brought her to the Far East, Europe, around the UK and more recently to the US. In some of her freelance work, she has performed with the London Mozart Players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Orchestra of the Swan and Irish Chamber Orchestra.

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, WDR, ÖRF and VPRO.

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 has 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 2 Days 2 Nights Festival in Odessa, Ukraine in April 2012. Other commissions include works by Ian Vine, Tansy Davies and Philip Cashian.

As a soloist she has played Bach's Brandenburg 4 and Vivaldi's La Notte in London, at St Martins-in-th-Fields many times with both London Concertante and the Belmont Ensemble. She has performed Mozart flute and harp concerto in Canterbury Cathedral and Bach's Brandenburg 5 in other churches around the UK with the New London Sinfonia.

Susie teaches the specialist flute students at Wells Cathedral School, one of the UK’s top performance 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.