John Suchet returns to Classic FM over the festive period in 2022 to present Classical Music Unboxed, a five-part series providing a crash course in classical music from the court of Henry VIII to the movie music magic of John Williams.
John Suchet presented the late morning slot on Classic FM for nine years from 2011 to 2020, before hosting The Classic FM Concert on weekday evenings. He stepped back from his regular presenting in the summer of 2022, but is warmly welcomed back for special programmes and occasions.
A self-confessed Beethoven addict, John’s career has taken him from international war zones to the relative comfort of the Classic FM studio.
Although he definitely now regards himself as a radio man, John Suchet is one of the country’s best-known TV journalists.
He began his career as a correspondent for the news agency Reuters. Then, as a reporter for ITN, he covered major world events, including the Polish Solidarity movement, the Iran revolution, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Rhodesian war of independence, the Lebanese civil war, and the Philippines revolution in 1986 for which he was named TV Journalist of the Year.
John went on to present News at Ten and all other ITN bulletins for a period of almost 20 years. In 2008 the Royal Television Society awarded John its highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2001 the Royal Academy of Music awarded John an honorary fellowship for his work on Beethoven, and from 2004-08 he served on the Academy’s governing body. He is currently their orator, and reads citations for world class musicians who are honoured at summer graduation.