Conductor & Tutors Team 2024

Susanna Riddell

As a cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna has gathered over 25 years’ experience of working on the international stage, with world class conductors and soloists. It is here that she came to work on a regular basis with her conducting mentor, the LPO’s former Principal Conductor – Vladimir Jurowski. 
She was appointed to the position of Director of the Centre for Wessex Young Musicians and the national award winning 100 member Wessex Youth Orchestra (based in Poole, Dorset) in 2007, and in 2021 she moved the organisation to its new independent CIC non-profit status, so as to secure the highest quality of musical ensemble training for the young musicians of Wessex.

No stranger to large venues, she has conducted in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, her special interest in working with both young musicians and music conservatoire students has led to touring as guest conductor with the Royal Holloway University London Symphony Orchestra, as well as projects at London’s Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music.

As Music Director of the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018, she was able briefly to dedicate her time to work on a total of 9 exceptionally well received concerts whilst also guiding the ensemble to two consecutive record-breaking seasons. Now conducting regularly for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s and education projects, freelance work across the UK and overseeing international youth orchestral twinning projects, Susanna continues to focus her energies on training and guiding the next generation of musicians.

The team of international tutors will be announced soon.