John Suchet

Weekdays 10am-1pm

John Suchet

Following the Hall of Fame Hour at 9am every morning, the ever-enthusiastic John Suchet offers a further three hours of favourite classics and new discoveries.

Our favourite silver fox of a broadcaster, who may conceivably know more about Beethoven than the composer himself, sees it as his mission to provide the perfect soundtrack to your busy morning.

At 10.15 John features a daily track from his CD of the Week. It’s always a new album and, over the course of five days, John promises to reveal some fascinating stories about the composer, the performer, and the music in question.

This week's highlights


It’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of one Britain’s greatest wordsmiths today, the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. John will be marking the occasion in music.


A new album was recently sent to John with the intriguing title From Bach to Bond. It features the piano-playing talents of a young man from East Yorkshire – and John will give it its first play on Classic FM.


Are you one who leaves things to the last minute? If so, then you share something in common with Mozart – who on this day finished one of his operas the night before it was premiered.


This morning, John features an absolutely beautiful moment from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. He’s also dug out a rather unusual piece for cello which he reckons you’ll love.


Just because it's Friday, the Classic FM Hall of Fame Hour will include a piece with plenty of Latin American swagger that's only been in our Top 300 for the past couple of years.

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Howard Shelley John Suchet Meets Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley not only plays piano and conducts, but he also does both at the same time. He offers Classic FM's John Suchet a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his Beethoven recording session – and a bit of conductor gossip.

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John reveals the recipe for a perfect start to the day is Beethoven, the broadsheets and bananas!