The Prince of Wales: 'I’ve become more enthusiastic about Wagner'

6 September 2017, 15:32

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales talks to Alan Titchmarsh

In the beautiful grounds of Dumfries House, HRH spoke to our presenter. Images: Getty


As part of our special day of broadcasting from Dumfries House in Ayrshire, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales himself took some time to chat with our very own Alan Titchmarsh about the story of Dumfries House on its 10th anniversary, its miraculous rebirth and the good work it does.

The Prince (known as The Duke of Rothesay while he’s in Scotland) told Alan about the restoration of the Dumfries House, using local labour, and the almost-decrepit state the property had fallen into.

When asked about classical music, His Royal Highness not only paid tribute to Classic FM on its 25th birthday, but also the importance of keeping classical music accessible to all:

“There are so many young people who want to learn music… they’re the ones that we owe it to, to be able to keep all these things going. They really mind about it. We must have the opportunities for them to perform and to express something that’s deep in their souls.”

The Prince has also experienced an interesting evolution of tastes: “I’ve become more enthusiastic about Wagner, as I get older. That terrible communicative disease called Wagner-itis…”

The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall are both guests at a special recital from Dumfries House to be broadcast on Classic FM later this evening.

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