Sue Coppard was given an accordion by her grandpa at the age of 15 (to her horror!), but her real music learning was the classical piano all her school days. Her uncle showed her how to play the bass buttons and she had lessons from Adrian Dante. After that she 'got into it' and progressed on her own, interpreting pieces by ear, her aim being to get as close as possible to the original spirit of each piece. Working out bass moves for different effects strikes her as a little like playing chess!
As Sue has always loved music from different cultures she plays in a variety of styles - helpful for getting bookings to play at functions, festivities and restaurants! She was also a member of the London based DUNAV Balkan Group and Robin's Bavarian Oompah Band. Thus many influences have entered her composing, as will be seen from her list of titles. Sue's accordion solos have been published by Kestrel, a few by Trevani and Charlie Watkins, and quite a number (36 to date) by Charnwood. Some have won Composers' Competition prizes.