Tchaikovsky choice for Neil

IT was to be Tchaikovsky for the former Scotsman editor-in-chief, Andrew Neil, who was yesterday the guest on the Radio Four programme, Desert Island Discs.

Of the eight songs Neil – a former editor of The Sunday Times – chose, it was the First Movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major that he’d want to save most if a wave threatened to wash away all his picks.

The former Paisley Grammar School pupil and graduate of Glasgow University revealed a youthful love for modern jazz and a hankering to play the drums in a rock band.

His favourites included:

Fire and Rain, by James Taylor
Smiling Phases, by Blood Sweat and Tears
Concierto de Aranjuez, by J Rodriog, played by Miles Davis
Nimrod, from Elgar’s Enigma Variations
New World Symphony, by Dvor