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Townsville-Gurambilbarra, QLD
26 July to 04 August 2024
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2024 FESTIVAL ARTISTS

2024 FESTIVAL ARTISTS

Composer, Presenter

Stephen Johnson

Writer, composer, broadcaster and translator Stephen Johnson is the author of books on Beethoven, Bruckner, Wagner and Mahler. For 14 years he presented BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music. His orchestral work Behemoth Dances was premiered in 2016 by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, his Clarinet Quintet Angel's Arc had its first performance in January 2019 and his String Quartet was premiered by the Brodsky Quartet in November 2021. Stephen’s award-winning book about music and mental health, How Shostakovich Changed My Mind (Notting Hill), was published in May 2018, followed in 2020 by a study of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, The Eighth: Mahler & the World in 1910 (Faber), and in 2021 he curated a collection of ghost stories, The Wrong Turning.