Susan Bradley

Goddess of unusual plumbing

Join Susan Bradley as she travels to the beginning of tuba history, following its development from the snaky serpent, through the sad tale of the short-lived ophicleide, taking a side trip to the Italian cousin, the cimbasso, and culminating in the modern tuba. She bravely confronts the loneliness of the solo tuba player in an exploration of music for unaccompanied tuba, featuring composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Barton Cummings, Malcolm Arnold, Lachlan Davidson, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Lennon-McCartney, Don Stratton, Arthur Sullivan, and even Richard the Lionheart.

Susan performs as a freelance tuba soloist and ensemble player and is known to smuggle the serpent, ophicleide and cimbasso into the orchestra whenever possible. She plays with Corpus Medicorum, Pure Brass Quintet, Melbourne Tuba Quartet and Melbourne Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble.


Masterclass on Saturday, 12 February at 10 am