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Australian Chamber Music Festival, Townsville
28 July – 6 August

Includes talk on How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, with book signing
Performance of Angel’s Arc (29/7, 3.30pm)
World Premiere of The Nimble and Roguish Paw – (31/7, 10.00am)

Presteigne Music Festival

Presteigne Festival Lecture: Johnson on Janacek (28/8, 11.00am)

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival
29 September – 2 October

Pre-Concert Talks & Interviews

Memorial Concert for Matthew Rye, Wigmore Hall, London
5 October

Performance of Angel’s Arc

Aspect Foundation for Music and the Arts
Bohemian Theatre, New York
26 October

Introductions to concert Inspired by Others

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.


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.