A Minute with Andrew Collins

He's the movie music enthusiast who has a penchant for Scotch eggs – and the Mitford sisters.

Andrew Collins
If you could sit down and have a coffee with one great composer, who would it be? 
Richard Wagner. I'd like to find out if he approves of the use of his Ride Of The Valkyries in Apocalypse Now for the amazing Air Cavalry sequence. I hope he does.

Favourite ever interviewee or guest?
I feel very lucky to have interviewed John Barry – one of my composing heroes.

Who would be your four perfect dinner party guests?
My favourite Mitford sisters: Decca, Unity, Diana and Debo.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
I don't believe any pleasure should make you feel guilty.

Most memorable concert you attended?
Probably my first ever rock gig, aged 15: U2, playing the refectory of the local college of higher education in Northampton in early 1981.

Which superpower would you like to have?
Swimming. I'm not much good in the water.

What's your favourite snack when you're feeling a bit peckish in the Classic FM studio?
My favourite snack at any time, in any place, is always a Scotch egg.

All-time favourite piece of music?
My favourite piece of movie music is the Main Title of Zulu by John Barry: the first piece of music in my first ever show on Classic FM! 

All-time favourite book?
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.

All-time favourite film?
The Poseidon Adventure is my favourite film. But I believe Apocalypse Now to be the greatest movie ever made (to be pedantic).


Photo: Steve Brown 

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