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Open Features: Susan Sunderland

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of Susan Sunderland, Yorkshire's Queen of Song.

Born
1819 in Brighouse, Yorkshire.

Adult life
Sang in Halifax Choral Society. Debut as soloist Bradford 1838. Studied in London, but returned North to become "Yorkshire's Queen of Song". For 25 years she was a leading singer of oratorio excerpts and popular songs. London debut 1849 in Messiah, continued as soloist there in oratorios till 1856. She sang at the opening of Leeds Town Hall and at the first Leeds Festival. She retired in 1864.

There is a reminder of her in the "Mrs Sunderland Festival" held every year in Huddersfield.

She died in 1905 in Brighouse aged 86.


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