Sue Burchell dances with Dance Folkus in Hamilton. She came to Hamilton from Winchester, England, in 2006. Although she never fulfilled her original childhood dream of becoming a ballet dancer, Sue has enjoyed a varied career, which began after studying Music and German at Southampton University and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Performances in opera, oratorio and on the concert platform were followed by singing teaching and choral conducting.
Whilst living in Singapore in the seventies, she was co-founder and first chorus master of the Singapore Symphony Chorus, and on return to the UK in the eighties, she was Choral Director or the Aberdeen International Youth Music Festival and developed a programme of voice teaching in schools in the County of Avon. For several years she took a full-time position as Head of German at St. Swithun's School, Winchester, and in 2000 qualified as Yoga teacher. In recent months Sue has begun the practice of Nurturing Touch Massage, giving volunteer support to rest-home residents.
She is looking forward to leading a relaxed, fun session of singing as part of the FDNZ festival. The integration of body, mind and spirit...a definition for yoga, for dance, for song, for any truly fulfilling human endeavour?
Sue Burchell will lead a ‘Folk Voice Chorale’ workshop - teaching a few popular traditional songs that all can enjoy singing together. The emphasis is on fun and no experience is required. Sue will lend her expertise and provide some useful tips to participants.