Sue Craxton studied piano pedagogy with Margaret Murray-McLeod while at Napier College in Edinburgh, where she was awarded a medal for ‘outstanding achievement’. She went on to study with Joseph Weingarten, himself a pupil of Dohnanyi, who was influential on her development as a musician.
During the early part of her career Sue was an accompanist and lecturer at Napier College (now University), teaching and accompanying music diploma students. She was invited by the Natural Theatre Company of Bath to help devise and perform in ‘Scarlatti’s Birthday Party’, commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti. This was extremely popular in Europe where performances continued for several years.
Teaching piano stimulated an interest in young people’s development, leading Sue to take courses in Youth Counselling and a Postgraduate certificate in Youth and Community Studies.
Highlights of her diverse career include playing first Keyboard for ‘Les Miserables’ at the Palace Theatre in London, editing a Buddhist magazine, and working for Dorset Youth Oﬀending Team. Sue continues to give occasional recitals as a soloist and accompanist but prefers to focus on teaching piano. She currently lives in Dorset where she is a sought after teacher whose pupils consistently gain recognition at local festivals and performances.