Accompanist – Sue Bennett

Sue Bennett has had a love of all things piano since she was young enough to sit underneath it to listen to her mum playing and first took lessons. She went on to study double A’level music, an intensely musical time with frequent concerts as solo pianist and accompanist, as well as singing weekly in four choirs and playing violin and oboe in Scunthorpe and District Youth Orchestras. It was a Plant Science degree at Nottingham University and a full-time career that followed though, with piano teaching alongside.  

In 2003 redundancy turned into an opportunity to focus on music teaching, first of all achieving the CTABRSM teaching certificate in 2006.  Sue is now also a qualified Suzuki piano teacher, and 2022 saw the realisation of a long-held ambition to build a dedicated self-contained studio.  Alongside teaching students from 3 years old to retired Sue is an active accompanist, and also runs a small community choir “The Kneesall Knightingales” in her home village near Ollerton.

Sue is delighted to be accompanying Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir and feels privileged to be in the role so synonymous with Eleonora Babitsky, the choir’s previous accompanist, whom she’d heard and admired in concert with them many times over the past 20 years.