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30 June 2020, 21:25 | Updated: 1 July 2020, 08:39
This year marks John Suchet’s tenth as a weekly presenter on Classic FM. And what a decade it has been…
John Suchet became a mainstay at Classic FM a whole decade ago.
To mark 10 marvellous years – from a decade presenting our landmark morning show to energising our evenings with the new Classic FM Concert since May (and plenty of Beethoven in between) – here are 10 of John’s best Classic FM moments so far…
An established newsreader (he was at ITV for over 30 years), John Suchet was announced as the host of Classic FM’s landmark weekday morning show in September 2010 – the third presenter of the slot in Classic FM’s history, taking over from Simon Bates.
John has been bringing us brightly into the day for a decade, playing Hall of Fame favourites and brilliant new recordings up until May this year (2020), when Alexander Armstrong took the baton.
Classic FM Live has been a mainstay of the Classic FM calendar for 20 years – in the safe hands of hosts John Suchet and his fellow Classic FM presenter, Margherita Taylor.
Already an established author, John has brought his passion and incredible knowledge of classical music to Classic FM – including through his wonderful books Beethoven: The Man Revealed, Mozart: The Man Revealed, Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed, Verdi: The Man Revealed and The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna.
You can’t say ‘John Suchet’ without also saying ‘Beethoven’, basically. The man’s obsessed. He has literally written the book on Beethoven. He has presented a history-making radio show about the man. And he even looks like the great composer.
John has rarely resisted the chance to brandish his trombone, and duet with the greats over the years at Classic FM.
From trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth, to the star mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins – and playing on the hallowed stage of the Royal Albert Hall for Classic FM Live – he’s busked with the best of them.
And with those jazzy inflections, he’s often reminded us of someone...
Poirot himself once stood in for John Suchet and presented on Classic FM.
We fooled the nation when we invited John’s brother, David, to host the morning show on a special one-time occasion – April Fools Day 2015 – and it took a while for ‘these little grey cells’ to really notice the difference...
In 2017, John swapped the cool climes of the Classic FM office for sunny South Australia, and presented his show from Down Under.
As well as wonderful stories of Kangaroo Island, fine New World wines, and brilliant music-making in Australia, it was basically just a chance to tweet this (couldn’t help ourselves):
It was pretty iconic when John greeted His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, and gave them a tour of the studio when they visited Classic FM.
A few years later, and His Royal Highness would be back to appear in two very special shows for Classic FM – for one of which, he took the mic and presented himself.
At the end of 2019, we announced John’s landmark series, Beethoven: The Man Revealed. A year-long series about Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, it is the UK’s biggest ever radio series devoted to a single composer.
We’re about halfway through and it’s brill... find out more Beethoven: The Man Revealed here.
Like any broadcasting legend, John Suchet has a few on-air bloopers to his name. And they are truly precious.
John once called Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 as a “horny”, and we’re just going to drop the mic with that. 🎤
Happy 10th Classic FM birthday, John!