Stephen Johns recording music

Grammy winning producer Stephen Johns discusses a career recording the world’s great musicians and orchestras.  

From EMI’s Abbey Road to recording studios and concert halls around the world, the Royal College of Music’s Artistic Director, Stephen Johns’ work as a producer have seen recordings that he has made win four Grammy Awards, four Gramophone Awards, four Classical Brits, and awards around the world. For this Great Exhibition Road Festival Explore at Home event Stephen sits down with the Royal College of Music’s Director, Professor Colin Lawson, for a lunchtime exploration of the art of recording classical music.

During a wide-ranging chat Stephen and Colin will discuss the challenge of capturing a performance that ‘bears repeat listening’, how classical musical production differs technically and philosophically from what goes on inside a contemporary pop, rock or hip hop studio, and how advances in technology fundamentally change how classical records are made. 

Great Exhibition Road Festival

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free annual celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration. Join us as Exhibition Road is transformed with events and activities from over 20 research and culture organisations around South Kensington including Imperial College London, Royal Commission of 1851, Discover South Kensington, Royal Albert Hall, V&A, Science Museum, Royal College of Music, Natural History Museum and many more.

This event is part of the Festival’s new online events programme, celebrating science and the arts from your home.

Supported by Huawei, Lead Technology Sponsor

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