Tim Johnson

Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College

Renowned conductor and educator

Tim is Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College. Choral highlights of his time at Eton have included two CD recordings and choir tours of China, Japan, India, Germany and Latvia. The choir is regularly heard on the professional concert platform, with notable engagements including Bach’s St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music, Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia under Lorin Maazel, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. Tim has directed the choir on two episodes of BBC Songs of Praise and recorded a number of performances for David Starkey’s BBC series Music and Monarchy. Recent projects have included first performances of works by Sir James MacMillan and Judith Weir.

During his time at Eton, Tim has also developed and enhanced the reputation of orchestral music, establishing regular international tours which have taken the orchestra to venues such as the Rudolfinum in Prague and the Kursaal in San Sebastian.

Beyond Eton, Tim’s work with young musicians has included preparing trebles for the Barbican’s annual performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the London Symphony Chorus/City of London Sinfonia, and a live Radio 3 broadcast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev in St Paul’s Cathedral. He has directed choirs and orchestra in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Westminster Abbey and the Barbican, with recent freelance conducting engagements included a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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