Susan Hollingworth studied voice at The Royal Northern College of Music. In 1990 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for her work with choirs and studied in Hungary. In 2008, she won The BBC Choir of the Year competition with The Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir. With this choir, she performed at the opening ceremony of the Millennium Dome and at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 2010, she was awarded Choir Master of the Year by the Gramophone Magazine and 2013 she received a Royal Philharmonic Award for co-directing and commissioning Cycle Song, a huge community opera for the Cultural Olympiad with over 1000 participants. She has directed her own family Prom, in the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the BBC Proms.
She is musical director of the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir, a choir in which the majority of the singers are themselves choral directors. This choir regularly performers at the The Presteigne Contemporary Music Festival and international festivals abroad. Last year they sang concerts in Lisbon and the surrounding area.
Susan conducts the Grimsby Philharmonic Choir and Scunthorpe Choral Society. Recently, she was one of two conductors who conducted the War Requiem in Lincoln Cathedral. This project, called Greater Lincolnshire Remembers, involved six participating choral societies and a vast orchestra. Other recent performances include Zimbe by Alexander L’Estrange, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mozart’s C Minor Mass. She is also musical director of the Lydian Choir.
She is in demand as a conductor trainer, workshop leader and choir trainer and is a visiting lecturer for the Royal Northern College of Music. Susan is a Vice-president of the Association of British Choral Directors and in 2018, abcd awarded her the Chair’s Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to choral music nationally. In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, she was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music.