iPlayer Radio What's New?

Lord Cobbold

David Cobbold

Lord Cobbold

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 08 Aug 2010

Owner of Knebworth House, Businessman

Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs is Lord David Cobbold.

He was just 32 years old when he took over the ancestral pile Knebworth House and he succeeded in turning a crumbling corner of the establishment into one of the best rock concert venues in the world. Over the past forty years, everyone from Led Zeppelin to Paul McCartney to Robbie Williams has played there. The concerts have not only allowed him to keep the house in private hands, but have also given him a front-row seat to some of the most celebrated performances in rock history.

Choices

Pink Floyd

1.

Castaway's favourite

Pink Floyd

Brain Damage

Composer: Waters

Others who chose this artist

Philadelphia Orchestra

2.

Philadelphia Orchestra

Overture: Rienzi

Composer: Wagner

Others who chose this artist

Paul McCartney

3.

Paul McCartney

Hey Jude

Composer: Lennon/McCartney

Others who chose this artist

Thomas Allen – (and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink)

4.

Thomas Allen – (and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink)

Now That The Wine Has Set Their Heads Whirling

Composer: Mozart

Édith Piaf

5.

Édith Piaf

Milord

Composer: Marguerite Monnot and Georges Moustaki

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

6.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

Composer: Irving Berlin

Others who chose this artist

Frank Sinatra

7.

Frank Sinatra

Some Enchanted Evening

Composer: Rodgers and Hammerstein II

Others who chose this artist

Mary Hopkin

8.

Mary Hopkin

Those Were The Days

Composer: Gene Raskin

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Fishing rod

Others who chose a similar luxury

Contact us

This site contains archive material. To comment or bring something to our attention, please get in touch.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.