Sue Casson at the piano

Sue Casson
a woman, a piano...

Sue Casson is a writer of music and lyrics, and a singer of songs. She has appeared at the piano on BBC TV and Radio, onstage in shows, and in cabaret from London to New York.

tHE STORY SO FAR

Whilst studying English at Oxford, Casson made her national radio debut singing her own songs at the piano which were featured on PICK OF THE WEEK. This led to further appearances with her trio Premier Cru, and later as one half of Sue Casson & The Brannick Academy. Together they recorded two CDs, including TUTANKHAMUN ALL WRAPPED UP which was distributed to 65,000 visitors to the O2 exhibition.

Her first musical, TWO TIGERS about pioneering modernist writer Katherine Mansfield was the first by a woman to be short-listed for the Vivian Ellis Prize. Shows since then include THE HAPPY PRINCE, a chamber musical based on Oscar Wilde's fable, REQUIEM, a political revue based on the satirical poetry of Simon Rae, and most recently DREAMS OF PEACE & FREEDOM, a song cycle that explores the birth of human rights in Europe after the Second World War.

This song cycle is at the heart of  THE HUMAN'S IN THE TELLING a recording, ebook and podcast released Autumn 2020 to commemorate the twin anniversaries of the opening of the Nuremberg Trials (75th) and the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights, events linked by David Maxwell Fyfe, whose words thread through Casson's original musical settings of poems that inspired him.

Presently, Casson is re-imagining her musical TWO TIGERS for the centenary of Katherine Mansfield's death in 2023.

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