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My Classical Favourites

Discover classical music loved by celebrated guests from all walks of life. To hear the music in full go to BBC Playlister.

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James May

Top Gear presenter (and music graduate) James May talks about his passion for music, toys and cars, while Rob reveals to James how many attempts he made before passing his driving test.

1hr

2 Jan 2015

Rank #1

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Stephen Fry

Highlights from this week's guest, the comedian, author and presenter, Stephen Fry.

32mins

12 Sep 2014

Rank #2

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Sam Neill

Sarah's joined by the actor, Sam Neill.

59mins

18 Sep 2015

Rank #3

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Lee Child

This week Rob's joined by the thriller writer, Lee Child.

58mins

17 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Maxwell Hutchinson

Sarah's guest is the architect, broadcaster and Anglican deacon Maxwell Hutchinson

51mins

21 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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Charles Dance

Rob's joined by the stage and screen actor, Charles Dance, who talks about his involvement with Game of Thrones and chooses music by Mendelssohn, Wagner and Bach.

49mins

10 Apr 2015

Rank #6

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Clare Balding

Sarah's guest this week is the broadcaster and writer, Clare Balding

1hr 11mins

30 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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Ed Balls

Rob's guest this week is the former front-bench politician, Ed Balls

1hr 8mins

20 Jan 2017

Rank #8

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Stewart Copeland

This week's guest, composer and former drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland talks to Rob about growing up in the Middle East in the 1960s, composing for film, his love of John Adams and Aaron Copland, and Rob chooses a piece with him in mind, which certainly provokes a strong reaction.

22mins

16 May 2014

Rank #9

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Imogen Heap

Rob's guest this week is the musician Imogen Heap

1hr 7mins

16 Jun 2017

Rank #10

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Gyles Brandreth

Joining Sarah this week is the broadcaster, writer and former MP, Gyles Brandreth.

1hr 14mins

4 Mar 2016

Rank #11

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Jackie Kay

This week Sarah talks to the poet and novelist, Jackie Kay.

1hr 3mins

1 Apr 2016

Rank #12

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Julia Sawalha

Sarah's guest this week is the actress Julia Sawalha, who picks out some great music classics, and talks about her many acting roles, including Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous.

50mins

13 Mar 2015

Rank #13

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Samuel West

Rob's guest this week is the actor and director, Samuel West.

1hr 10mins

26 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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Ken Loach

Sarah's guest this week is the film director, Ken Loach

1hr 4mins

14 Oct 2016

Rank #15

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Max Richter

Rob's joined by the composer Max Richter, live in the studio.

15mins

6 Jan 2016

Rank #16

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Michael Dobbs

This week's guest, Michael Dobbs, talks about his work in the House ofLords and Sarah plays a piece of music that she has chosen with Michael inmind.

10mins

8 Nov 2013

Rank #17

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Martin Shaw

The screen and stage actor Martin Shaw is Sarah's guest this week. He discusses playing various roles, from Elvis Presley to Inspector George Gently, and chooses music by Bach, Richard Strauss, Puccini and Handel.

42mins

8 May 2015

Rank #18

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Lee Hall

This week Rob's joined by the playwright and screenwriter, Lee Hall.

49mins

25 Mar 2016

Rank #19

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Sandi Toksvig

This week's guest, Sandi Toksvig, talks about her work, her family life and her love of suffragist Ethyl Smyth. Her musical choices are from Bernstein's West Side Story and Smyth's Mass in D. Rob Cowan chooses a piece of music especially for her, based on her own choices earlier in the week.

15mins

27 Dec 2013

Rank #20