Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell) OBE graduated with honors in musicology from King’s College, London and studied piano, singing, conducting, arts administration and music education pedagogy. In 1990, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled worldwide to study methods of choral training and music education pedagogy as practiced by their leading exponents. This led, in 1993, to her creating The Voices Foundation, the UK’s leading National Primary Music Education Foundation. Over one million children and 60,000 teachers have received Voices Foundation training. Its pedagogical approach and methodology are world-renowned. She works as an Advisory Teacher in challenging schools (including for excluded children) UK wide. Voices Foundation is uniquely recognised in the UK’s 2011 Music Education Plan, along with its own National Sing Up.
Suzi has worked internationally with choirs for many years. She has been at the vanguard of the revival of singing in schools and the community in the UK over 18 years. She founded the award-winning “Coro” and “Voce”, widely acknowledged as among London’s best chamber choirs. She has conducted in the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, the Royal College of Music and King’s Chapel, Cambridge. Suzi has conducted the London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, among other ensembles, and works regularly with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Suzi is on the Council of the Winston Churchilll Memorial Trust, chairing the arts categories. S he is President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge. Abroad, Suzi is Professor of the Practice of Music, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.
Amongst many TV appearances, she was a judge in BBC1′s hit show, Last Choir Standing, which has attracted over 10 million viewers.
In 2009, she received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen for outstanding services to music education.