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Susan Casanove

Susan CasanoveAfter graduating with a BMus in 2000, Susan first furthered her academic studies with an MA in Musicology at City University.  She went on to train as an actress at ALRA in London and has since worked extensively as a professional actress in the UK, Italy and Germany.  More recently, she has also turned her hand to scriptwriting.  Her latest radio play, ‘We Are The BBC’ which she wrote and starred in along with Stephen Fry can be downloaded for free here: http://t.co/XyMEQoz5

Cardiff was my first choice university because it had, and still has, one of the best music departments in the country.  I was also attracted by the fact that the course was quite varied, and structured so that during the first year, you could find out where your strengths lay before going on to specialise in the areas that interested you the most.  For example, choral and orchestral conducting was something I’d never really thought about before arriving at Cardiff, but as I enjoyed it and got good marks, in my second year at Cardiff, I found myself conducting the University Chamber Orchestra and I was then appointed Chorus Mistress of the University Choir. 

Fortunately, it was more than just music skills I acquired during that time; since university, I have been called upon occasionally to direct theatre and radio: my experiences conducting the choir and chamber orchestra definitely helped prepare me for the role of director.

Highlights of my time at Cardiff include the numerous cathedral trips around the country to sing choral evensongs with Chris Maxim’s choir, being introduced to Apple Mac computers, Music Society balls at the Angel Hotel, the evening of light entertainment that my friend Daniel Hollingshurst and I put on in our third year, singing in John Hugh Thomas’ Chamber Choir and, above all, the many friendships I made there which have lasted to this day. 

Cardiff is an exciting, thriving city and the three years I spent there were among the happiest of my life.  I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Cardiff to anyone interested in studying a diverse, academic music degree course.