Talks and related events


July 18 – August 2
Verbier Festival
Pre-concert lectures
August 10
Proms Plus
Imperial College Union (London), 17.45
Pre-Concert discussion on Bruckner, Symphony No 4
August 23
Proms Plus
Imperial College Union (London), 17.45
Pre-Concert discussion on Bruckner, Symphony No 8
August 27
Presteigne Festival
Assembly Rooms, 10.30
Illustrated talk on Aaron Copland
August 31 – September 7
Danube Music Festival (Martin Randall Travel)
Pre-concert lectures
September 26 – 29
Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival
Pre-concert talks
October 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonic Hall, 18.15
Pre-concert talk
October 19
The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
Britten-Pears Foundation
Discovery Day on Shostakovich and 20th Century Russian Music
October 29
Leighton House, London, 6.15
Talk on my book How Shostakovich Changed My Mind (followed by concert of 20th century Russian music)
November 23
Martin Randall Lecture Day
1 Great George St, London
Talk on Music and Mental Healing



News and Events Archive

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.