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Director of University Music

Susan Wanless

Susan Wanless

Susan Wanless is Director of Music at the University of Kent. She read Music at Leeds University, followed by a further three years’ study there, researching into the operas of Verdi and conducting the University Chorus and Orchestra. She then combined teaching at the University and Leeds Grammar School with an active conducting career, working with many of the choirs and orchestras in Yorkshire. Since her appointment at Kent, Susan has been involved in a wide range of musical activities. Recent works she has conducted with the University’s Chorus and Symphony Orchestra include Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Susan writes and lectures on a wide variety of musical subjects, and was also Master of Eliot College. She is a recipient of The Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support in recognition of her contribution to music provision across the University.

Thanks to the generous donation from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, she now enjoys rehearsing, performing and promoting concerts in the University’s wonderful concert hall.