Sara Mohr-Pietsch

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

Mohr-Pietsch was born in London to a mother of Polish and a father of German descent.[1] She read music at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1998–2001, where she was the first ever Newnham Choral Scholar in Selwyn College's Chapel Choir.[2][3] After gaining a first class degree, she undertook an MA at Edinburgh University, subsequently becoming a tutor, a post she retained until 2006. 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.[4] 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.[4] Mohr-Pietsch began to present The Proms in 2008 on Radio 3,[5] and on television for the BBC. At the beginning of December 2013, Clemency Burton-Hill replaced her on Breakfast.[6]

She 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 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.[7]


  1. ^ "Sara Mohr Pietsch on the Fall of the Berlin Wall". BBC. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Music". Newnham College. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  3. ^ "About the Choir - Selwyn College". Selwyn College. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  4. ^ a b "The Choir - Sara Mohr-Pietsch - BBC Radio 3". BBC. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  5. ^ Donovan, Paul (2008-04-13). "The life and jail times of a radio presenter". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2016-04-18. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Sweney, Mark (2013-10-31). "Radio 3 breakfast show to be presented by Clemency Burton-Hill". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  7. ^ Tilden, Imogen (2013-03-14). "Baroque silliness as Radio 3 presenters put their red noses on". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 

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