A Minute with Lucy Coward

Classic FM presenter Lucy is an enthusiastic explorer, snowboarder, sailor and baker. But who would she most like at her dinner party?

A day in the life of Classic FM

If you could sit down and have a coffee with one great composer, who would it be?
I don’t drink tea or coffee, which pleases everyone at Classic FM because it makes for a cheap round. So, after much deliberation, I’m going to plump for taking Clara Schumann to the pub. She was a musical pioneer. She was also a pianist, so maybe we could do a simple duet if the pub has an old Joanna.

Favourite ever interviewee or guest?
Marin Alsop . She was conducting at the Royal Festival Hall and I took my recording equipment to her dressing room. The two of us sat on the sofa and had a wonderful natter about all sorts of things as well as music. She was thoughtful, entertaining and inspiring.

Who would be your four perfect dinner party guests?
Noel Coward, Eleanor Roosevelt, Captain James Cook, Freya North. The right mix of people – I think we’d have a ball! My husband would cook the main course and I’d do the pud.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
A long al fresco lunch on a sunny day, with chilled wine and an afternoon snooze. It happens infrequently enough for me not to feel too guilty about it though. 

Most memorable concert you attended?
Dvorak ’s New World Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. It coincided with one of the happiest times of my life.

Which superpower would you like to have?
I think it would be lovely to be able to fly.

What's your favourite snack when you're feeling a bit peckish in the Classic FM studio?
I always take orange squash with me into the studio and on occasion it is necessary to accompany it with a chocolate biscuit. But I’ll never pass up on home-baked goods from Anne-Marie Minhall or Bob Jones .

All-time favourite piece of music?
That changes depending on what I’m doing. So, in one day it can range from Supersonic by Oasis to John Barry ’s theme to Out of Africa via Feeder, Fleetwood Mac and Nina Simone. I love the fact that no matter what time of day or night, there’s always the perfect soundtrack to be found.

All-time favourite book?
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. The story is told through recipes. It’s tragic, beautiful, funny and not a single word is wasted.

All-time favourite film?
The Usual Suspects , or Coming to America , or Strictly Ballroom . I can quote most of the latter two. But don’t quote me.

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