John Suchet is well-known for his love of public speaking, which encompasses his breadth of experience gained from a lifetime in television news, as well as his extensive knowledge of classical music. He is also a regular host of awards ceremonies, conferences and other corporate events.
John began giving short after dinner style talks about Beethoven's life following the publication of his numerous books. The talk developed, and he soon gave his first talk with Bernard Lanskey, Assistant Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as piano accompanist.
Since then, many years ago, John Suchet has given his talk, 'Beethoven - The Last Master', accompanied by Bernard leading a piano trio, in more than 100 theatres and concert halls around the UK. BBC Television filmed John's talk at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, and the film has been shown many times on BBC2. He has also given his talk at an international symposium in Beethoven's home city, Vienna.
John has several other talks available: 'The Last Waltz' tells the extraordinary story of Johann Strauss, the tensions, rivalry and bitterness behind some of loveliest melodies ever composed, set against the terminal decline of the Habsburg Imperial Royal Family as World War One approaches.
'One More Shot Bob' chronicles John's own life as a television news reporter, reporting from the world's trouble spots, and relate the tensions and hilarity of live news reading.