quoteJust a few minutes into another brilliant episode of Discovering Music (7 November, 8.20pm) about Vaughan William’s seventh symphony, Sinfonia Antartica, and the presenter Stephen Johnson is in his stride, speaking in a way that is hard to render on the page but that sounds incredibly natural and yet also like every other word is italicised.

Antonia Quirke
New Statesman


quoteStephen Johnson's Discovering Music series alone is worth the licence fee.

John Banville
Man Booker Prize-Winner 2005


 

Audience Feedback

quoteSJ conveys knowledge and passion in fascinating language


quoteJust heard the riveting 90 minutes of Stephen Johnson on Ravel. I'm not a pianist, but SJ made me see Ravel as a major piano technician, as an innovator, as a genius. All credit to Johnson's persuasive and utterly unpretentious manner, analytic skills, and sheer quietly infectious enthusiasm without histrionics or self-promotion. Some lovely playing too by Cedric Tiberghien of Gaspard de la Nuit in particular.


quoteMarvellous knowledge, fluency, musicianship, vocabulary, enthusiasm, generosity...


quoteSJ really knows his stuff and everything he puts together is immaculately researched and INTERESTING. Very much "Old School" Radio 3 and thank goodness he is still around...


quoteGives insight into literature as well


quoteHermes - it is funny you should say that about getting SJ presenting the Proms, because the very same thought went through my mind too. He's articulate, he knows concert protocol (no gushing interjections from him a millisecond after the conductor puts down his arms,) and umm... he isn't bad on the eyes either.


quoteCompelling


quoteMay I second the praise for Stephen Johnson, a terrific asset for R3 and an object lesson in modest and self-effacing presentation skills underpinned by a first rate understanding and love of his subject.


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Events 2017


January

11/1 Nottingham: Royal Concert Hall, 7.30
Discovering Music: Shostakovich Symphony No 8
With Nicholas Collin and BBC Philharmonic

14/1 BBC Radio 3: Record Review
Building a Library: Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 127

22/1 London: Royal Festival Hall. 6.00
Pre-concert talk: Bruckner Symphony No 9

26/1 New York: Aspect Foundation for Music & Arts, 7.30
Concert-Lecture on Romantic Vienna

February

5/2 London: LSO St Luke’s
LSO Discovery Day: Carl Nielsen

17/2 Bristol Concert Hall, 7.30
Concert-Lecture: Rimsky-Korsakov

22/2 London: Royal Festival Hall, 6.15
Talk: Belief and Beyond Belief, ‘Memory of an Angel’ - Berg & Shostakovich

March

19/3 Glasgow: City Halls, 2.00
Discovering Music: The music of Rued Langgaard
With Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

April

26/4 London: Royal Festival Hall, 6.15
Talk: Belief & Beyond Belief, ‘Heaven and Earth’ - Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and the German tradition

May

1/5 Oxford: Oxford May Music
Lecture (TBA)

9/5 Bristol: Colton Hall, 7.30
Concert-Lecture: Shostakovich

10/5 Birmingham: Symphony Hall, 7.30
Pre-concert talk: Vaughan Williams & Bax

11/5-12/5 Worcester - Malvern
Conducted Elgar Walks, for The Musical Brain