Susie Hodder-Williams

Susie Hodder-Williams...the flute whispers delicately...
...the deep resonances of flautist Susie Hodder-Williams...
The Wire, 2011

...the pure-toned, immensely suspense-filled flute...
Downtown Music Gallery, New York, 2010

hauntingly desolate..utterly captivating
The Independent **** 2011


Susie Hodder-Williams was born in Kent and studied English at the University of York and the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her love of music ranges from the more traditional classical repertoire to contemporary music and techniques; the use of breath, so unique to the flute, Japanese contemporary music, and, enthused by the landscape of Dartmoor, how music connects with the land and how the flute has been used in folklore.

She studied energy medicine at the Lakeland College and is inspired by how music is used and can be developed in the world of healing. She has recorded a series of CDs for FMR records exploring these two worlds: The Tao of Homeopathy, 2012/13, Three Meditations 2013 and a new CD for peace 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 and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, (on In Tune & Late Junction December 2nd 2010) played at the BBC Proms and recorded several contemporary and chamber CDs for FMR records. Her recording, The Mariner's Way, based on the landscape of Dartmoor, was released in 2010.

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 new 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.

As a soloist she has played Bach's Brandenburg 4 and Vivaldi's La Notte in London, at St Martins-in-th-Fields with the London Concertante in 2013 and with the Belmont Ensemble in 2012 and 2010. 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.

Her latest CD, The Sound Within, is released in Autumn 2015 with the trio, Unlimited.

Over the past few years she has been running a series of retreats in the Alpujarras, just south of Granada, Spain, exploring the three principles of Mind, Thought & Consciousness.

Visit my blog
www.theseaoftheedge.com

And for more information about the retreats
www.leadingedgeretreats.com