Known to Classic FM listeners for her love of the world’s greatest music, Anne-Marie is as at home at a cricket ground as she is in a concert hall.
A well-loved and familiar voice, Anne-Marie Minhall is on Classic FM every weekday afternoon from 1-5pm. But which classical composer would she most like to have a coffee with?
If you could sit down and have a coffee with one great composer, who would it be?
A-M.M: Vaughan Williams . He's one of my favourite composers and led such an interesting life. The only thing is it would have to be tea (as I don't drink coffee.)
Who was your favourite ever interviewee or guest?
A-M.M: Gosh, that's a tough one - I've been so very lucky to have talked to some fascinating people. But right up there would have to be Pavarotti , Domingo , Carreras and Sir Paul McCartney .
Who would be your four perfect dinner party guests?
A-M.M: Rossini (he could cook), Bruch (he was a big fan of a decent bottle of Bordeaux), Puccini (another gourmand & wine lover), and any England cricketer - past or present.
What was your most embarrassing on-air moment?
A-M.M: **COUGHCOUGH** Moving on - next question?
What was your first pet?
A-M.M: Barney - my gorgeous Blue Rhone Spaniel who, when my father first showed him to me, I thought was a cat #badeyesighteventhen.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
A-M.M: Eating an onion like an apple. With cheese mind, a good gum-itching English cheddar. I'm never without mints. Everyone here at Classic FM has been HORRIFIED by this. I say, 'Don't judge me. Try it.' I'm also rather partial to watching Come Dine With Me and Columbo.
If you could be a musical instrument, which would you be?
A-M.M: Piano, it's got everything covered.
What was the most memorable concert you attended?
A-M.M: So many. The Philharmonia Orchestra has taken me all over the world when it's been touring and it's such an amazing orchestra - there's nothing those musicians can't play. Also, I recently saw the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the conductor, Gustavo Dudamel - equally outstanding.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
A-M.M: Cooking. I LOVE IT. And running. And watching cricket.
Which superpower would you like to have?
A-M.M: Are you serious?
What's your favourite snack when you're feeling a bit peckish in the Classic FM studio?
A-M.M: Fruit, mainly, grapes, strawberries etc. I rarely graze in the studio. But as long as I have cup of tea to hand, I'm happy.
What ambition are you still to fulfill?
A-M.M:I once harboured ambitions to be on the stage and that feeling hasn't really gone away. So, one day, I'd love to be in a Shakespeare play again.
What is your all-time favourite piece of music:
A-M.M: I'm with John Brunning on this, in that some days I'll feel like hearing Mozart , others Bach . But, I do know that I couldn't be without the music of Vaughan Williams in my life.
And your all-time favourite book?
A-M.M: Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Orwell's 1984.
A-M.M: I love some of the Carry On films. ('Ooh Matron!') But I'm also a hopeless romantic so I adore Brief Encounter and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Oh, and my father got me hooked onto Bond movies from an early age so I'll always sit and watch any of those regardless of how many times I've seen them. My absolute favourite though is Skyfall.