Events Archive


Feb 3

Kings Place, London
String Quartet
Brodsky Quartet


G Live, Guildford
String Quartet
Brodsky Quartet


Oct 1

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival
Angel’s Arc
Matthew Hunt, clarinet, & the Carducci Quartet

Oct 3

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival
Lili Boulanger: Vielle prière bouddhique – Chamber Version
by Stephen Johnson (Voces 8 & ensemble)

Nov 11

Warwick Arts Centre
String Quartet (premiere)
Brodsky Quartet

Nov 18

Bohemian Theatre, New York
Angel’s Arc (American premiere)
Alexander Bedenko, clarinet, & the Ariel Quartet

Nov 22

G Live, Guildford
String Quartet
Brodsky Quartet


Angel’s Arc, for clarinet and string quartet

Emma Johnson, clarinet
Carducci, string quartet

London Cadogan Hall – Thurs 24 January 2019, 7.30pm
Guildford G Live – Sat 9 February 2019, 7.30pm
Warwick Arts Centre – Thurs 28 February 2019, 7.30pm

Brahms – Clarinet Quintet (35 mins, 1891)
Johnson – Clarinet Quintet, Angel’s Arc (14 – 15 mins, 2018)
Mozart – Clarinet Quintet (30 mins, 1789)

2/1 20.00
Arts for Hungerford
Talk on How Shostakovich Changed My Mind

Martin Randall Travel: Rising Stars Weekend
Castle Hotel, Taunton
Talks & Interviews

7/2 18.15
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra ‘Time to Talk Day’
Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, Liverpool
Talk on How Shostakovich Changed My Mind

6/3 10.15
Music in Time and Place
Christ Church, Kensington
Talk on Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet

BBCSSO Viva Espana
Aberdeen Concert Hall

19/3 19.30
Love, Faith and Fate
Leighton House, London
Concert Presentation

22/3 7.30
BBC Philharmonic: Discovering Bohulsav Martinu
Nottingham Theatre Royal
Talk on Martinu with orchestral illustrations

East Midlands Elgar Society
Talk on Elgar and Schumann

East Anglian Elgar Society
Talk on Elgar and Schumann

Cultural Travel Company
Introductory talks on Wagner’s The Ring

9/5 6.15
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Pre-concert talk on Brahms

Martin Randall Travel: West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Talks & Interviews

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

Events 2017


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


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


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


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


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

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.