Bill Turnbull admitted that while on the Classic FM airwaves he hears songs he would like played at his funeral. The former BBC Breakfast favourite identified a few that he is keen to have, saying it would be “nice”. In a new interview in this week’s Radio Times, the 63-year-old spoke candidly about being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer less than two years ago. He recently suffered an adverse reaction to a medical procedure, after being given between 10 and 18 years to live by doctors.
Bill commented: “When I’m recording the Classic FM show, I hear pieces, and think ‘That would be nice at the funeral!’”
Revealing the scores in question, he named Benedictus from The Armed Man, a 1999 Mass by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.
“The violin part in that represents for me the triumph of life over death,” the BBC star stated.
He went on to reference a recent composition called Der Klang Der Offen-barung Des Gottlichen by Kjartan Sveinsson, a former Sigur Ros keyboardist.
Bill continued: “That is one of…