Biography


Susanna studied music at the University of York and then went on to study the viol with Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel.

In 1987 she joined the innovative medieval ensemble The Dufay Collective and a year later gave her first performance with the world renowned viol consort Fretwork, becoming a full-time member soon afterwards. With these groups she toured the USA, Japan, South America, Australia, the Middle East and India, in addition to performances closer to home, and made many recordings for radio and disc, including Purcell: Complete Fantazias (Winner of the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award 2009 : Editor’s Choice, Classic FM Magazine July 2009); Birds on Fire - Jewish Music for Viols (Gramophone Magazine: September 2008—Editor’s Choice). With Fretwork in recent years she has explored a large body of newly commissioned music by such composers as George Benjamin, Orlando Gough, Alexander Goehr, Elvis Costello, Gavin Bryars and Tan Dun and appeared on Ryuichi Sakamoto's recent disc Out of Noise.

She performed on the soundtrack of several films, among them Zeffirelli's Hamlet, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Da Vinci Code and appears on Kate Bush's 2005 release Aerial. Her freelance music making saw her regularly appearing with The Purcell Quartet, Phantasm, The New London Consort, The Taverner Consort, The King's Consort, The Sixteen, The Parley of Instruments and Opera Restor'd. In 2006 she qualified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique and in 2007 relocated from London to Richmond, North Yorkshire with her husband, lutenist Jacob Heringman and daughter, Edie.

In 2011 a desire to reduce her carbon footprint and to spend more time at home prompted her to quit international touring and she is now focusing her energy on performing and teaching as locally as possible. She teaches viol at the University of York and has an Alexander Technique teaching practice in Richmond. She is focusing her performing on her duo with Jacob Heringman, Pellingmans' Saraband; The Herschel Trio, with flautist Graham O'Sullivan and harpsichordist, Mie Hayashi O'Sullivan; and The Northern Early Music Collective with Jamie Savan, Faye Newton and Pamela Thorby. Last year she was invited to join Nicolette Moonen, baroque violin and Medea Bindewald, harpsichord in a new trio, Vermilion and is very happy to have successfully relocated her performance base from London to the North East!