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Sara Mohr-Pietsch (born 1980) is a British music broadcaster who works principally for BBC Radio 3.

Early life and education


Mohr-Pietsch was born in London to a mother of Polish and a father of German descent.[1] She sang in her school's choral society and took the role of Aeneas in a school production of Dido and Aeneas.[2] After school, she studied music at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1998–2001, where she was the first ever Newnham Choral Scholar in Selwyn College's Chapel Choir.[3][4] After gaining a first class degree, she studied for an MA at the University of Edinburgh, subsequently becoming a tutor, a post she retained until 2006.

Career


While based in Edinburgh, Mohr-Pietsch embarked on a career in arts administration and began to broadcast on Radio 3, winning a BBC talent contest in 2004.

After moving back to London her involvement with the network became more extensive. She became a regular presenter of the network’s Breakfast programme in 2007.[5] Her fortnightly stretches alternated with those of Petroc Trelawny; previously Rob Cowan was the other regular presenter. In addition, she presents (with others) the contemporary music programme Hear and Now.[5] Mohr-Pietsch began to present The Proms in 2008 on Radio 3,[6] and on television for the BBC. At the beginning of December 2013, Clemency Burton-Hill replaced her on Breakfast.[7]

Mohr-Pietsch regularly presents Radio 3's "The Choir", and the Discovering Music series, particularly in programmes on Bach, whom she greatly admires and has studied extensively; early music is another interest. She is also a singer and pianist and plays the viola da gamba – "incredibly badly" in her own words.

In November 2018, the Dartington Hall Trust announced that Mohr-Pietsch had been appointed as the artistic director of the Dartington International Summer School and Festival. She will curate her first festival in 2020, in succession to Joanna MacGregor.[8]

Voice


Writing in The Daily Telegraph in 2007, Michael Henderson found it "inconceivable that Sarah Mohr-Pietsch, with her dropped aitches and glottal stops, would have been let loose on [Radio 3] even 10 years ago."[9] In 2016, the Radio Times described her as having "one of Radio 3’s most reassuring voices. Such clarity, such warmth."[10]

Charity work


In support of Red Nose Day 2013, Mohr-Pietsch set herself the challenge of learning eight notes on the cello in seven days, as part of a comic rendition of Pachelbel's Canon.[11]

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