ORATORIO SPECIALIST



Susan enjoys an enviable reputation as an accomplished oratorio singer and is frequently invited back as a guest soloist with choral societies at home and abroad. An experienced and reliable musician with a vast repertoire, she has been called in at the last minute and saved many performances from disaster.

Susan regularly sings as a freelance with the BBC Singers and has joined them for recordings and performances of choral works in the BBC Proms, including the Last Night of the Proms.

Susan can be booked through SINGERS DIRECT; a network of eight of Britain’s most popular and established soloists.





 
Recent and notable performances as mezzo soloist in 2014 and 2015:

Beethoven’s Choral Symphony in Christ Church, Spitalfieds, London, with Camden Symphony Orchestra and with Hertfordshire Chorus and St Albans Symphony Orchestra in St Albans Cathedral



Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Dorchester Abbey with conductor Christopher Walker and Benson Choral Society

Durham Cathedral with conductor Michael Summers, Durham Choral Society, Soprano Elizabeth Roberts and Bass Christopher Foster



Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Romsey Abbey with Romsey Choral Society and conductor Jamie Hall


Tippett's A Child of Our Time

Ashford Choral Society with conductor Mark Deller, University of Kent


 Haydn's Nelson Mass in St Bartholomew's
Church, Brighton, with Sussex Chorus


Handel's Messiah in  Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex


Verdi's Requiem in  Eastbourne with
Eastbourne College Choral Society, and Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra


Bach's St John Passion in Horsham with West Sussex Philharmonic Choir and conductor Stephen Hope


Arundel Cathedral


Previous performances include:


Handel's Messiah

Three performances in Mexico City for the Anglo Mexican Foundation. Conductor: Zuohuang Chen
Winchester Cathedral with conductor David Dunnett
Birmingham Town Hall, Conductor: Sir David Willcocks
Chanctonbury Chorus, Steyning, Arundel Cathedral



Mendelssohn's Elijah

Seaford Choral Society and conductor Sion Parry with soprano Dame Felicity Lott and bass Matthew Rose
Worth Abbey with Sussex Chorus, Neil Jenkins, Lorna Anderson and Michael George



Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius


Dorchester Abbey
with Benson Choral Society
Worth Abbey, Sussex Chorus & Orchestra/conductor: Brian Wright
Saga Pavilion, Folkestone with Ashford Choral Society
Charterhouse School with Godalming Choral Society


Tonbridge School Chapel
with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society

'Susan Legg has exactly the right quality of mezzo soprano voice for the Angel, with melting velvety tones that can soar effortlessly and yet express gentle intimacy. She proved the perfect foil to Gilchrist's Gerontius in their dialogue.'

  Charles Vignoles



Elgar’s The Kingdom

Canterbury Cathedral with conductor Mark Deller


Elgar's Music Makers

Petersfield Musical Festival


Tonbridge Philharmonic Society

Arun Choral Society



Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

Beaulieu Abbey


Stationers Hall, London with Wayne Marshall and soprano Marie Vassiliou

Lymington Choral Society

Royal College of Music

Chichester Cathedral
 

Verdi’s Requiem


Eastbourne College with Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra

Tonbridge School Chapel with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society


'Susan Legg, making her fifth visit to Tonbridge, captured the hearts of the performers and audience with her warm personality, unfaltering accuracy and intensity of delivery, all supported by a sense of unshakable serenity.'

 Roger Everden, Kent and Sussex Courier


Mozart's Mass in C Minor

Arundel Cathedral with West Sussex Philharmonic Choir and conductor Stephen Hope

Aylesbury Choral Society


Handel's Jephtha


St Albans Cathedral



Mozart’s Requiem


Chichester Cathedral


Lloyd's Choir, London

Beckenham Chorale

Chanctonbury Chorus, Steyning

Weald Choir, Crawley



Vaughan Williams' Serenade To Music and Elgar's Sea Pictures 

Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra




Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Beccles Choral Society

Chanctonbury Chorus
, Steyning
St. Bartholomew's Church, Brighton with Sussex Chorus and conductor Neil Jenkins

"Susan Legg, who looked to be enjoying herself all evening, showed sublime control, never more so than the long opening notes of the ‘Slumber beloved’ aria."
 
Phil Dennett, Mid Sussex Times



Duruflé's Requiem

Ashford Choral Society, conductor Mark Deller


Vivaldi's Gloria

Lancing Chapel, Lancing, with Sussex Chorus and conductor Neil Jenkins and soprano Dame Emma Kirkby

Ditcham Park School


Rachmaninov's Vespers

All Saints Church, Hove, with Sussex Chorus

St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, BBC Singers conducted by Kaspars Putnins



 
 Mendelssohn's Elijah
 
Worth Abbey with Sussex Chorus
Conductor: Neil Jenkins
 
 
"Sussex Chorus's perfomance of Mendelssohn's Elijah in Worth Abbey with the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Neil Jenkins was heralded a triumph. A spectacular setting and home to twenty five Benedictine monks, Worth Abbey proved a fascinating backdrop for this neglected choral masterpiece."
 
 
"The soloists were a pleasure to listen to. Mezzo Soprano Susan Legg brought out the intricacies in the text and used different colours when portraying the characters. She sang with great clarity."

Mid Sussex Times
 
 
 
"The impressive forces gathered under Neil Jenkins' baton in Worth Abbey quickly reminded us what a masterpiece this still is. A strong line of soloists, led by Michael George, gave the narrative a strong cutting edge." 

The Organ

 
"Susan Legg was an equally inspiring Angel with a warm, smooth emission fitting the words unsurpassingly."

Gordon Bull, Words and Music

The Dream of Gerontius
6th July, 2008, Worth Abbey
Sussex Chorus, East Sussex Bach Choir & London Gala Orchestra.

Conductor Brian Wright

Neil Jenkins
– Gerontius
Michael George - Priest and Angel of Agony
Susan Legg - Angel
 






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