Prince Charles is a big Leonard Cohen fan and thinks he’s ‘very moving’

The next-in-line has revealed his favourite music

Prince Charles has discussed his love for Leonard Cohen as he revealed some of his favourite music in a new interview.

The next in line to the throne is set to appear on a special edition of Radio 3’s Private Passions to mark his 70th birthday, which he celebrated last month. The show will air on December 30.

On the show, he chose to play Cohen’s ‘Take This Waltz’, saying: “I’ve always loved Leonard Cohen’s voice and his whole approach to the way he sang. He was obviously incredibly sophisticated in the way he sang, but also wrote.”

He continued: “I find it very moving, the words are so extraordinary, sort of Salvador Dalí-like – they lead you into this remarkable Dalí-like world.”

Elsewhere in the programme, he talked about ‘Scylla et Glaucus’, a rare 18th-century opera by Jean-Marie Leclair, the final movement of Beethoven’s fifth symphony, and more.

Speaking about the decline of arts and music education, the Prince said: “I’m one of those people who believes in the importance of arts education and music education in schools. Apart from anything else, I think people forget – or may not realise – what an enormous contribution the creative arts make to the whole economy. It’s immense.”

He added that he thought people “shoot ourselves in the feet if we ignore it altogether” and described seeing the enthusiasm of children playing in school orchestras as “wonderful”.

His appearance on Private Passions is not the first time Prince Charles has praised Cohen. He previously described him as a “remarkable man” and hailed his orchestration and lyrics as “fantastic”.

In 2016, the Queen shared a list of her favourite songs to celebrate her 90th birthday. Her top 10 featured two hymns, Fred Astaire’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’, and George Formby’s ‘Leaning On A Lamppost’.