Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 11 July 2015, 7pm

Alex James guides you through all the important dates and events through over a thousand years of classical music history.

On tonight’s programme, Alex marks the founding of two legendary American orchestras: the Boston Pops and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  

Alex will also be finding out why Robert Schumann had to go to court to get married and how Handel took to the water on London’s River Thames (pictured).

In addition we celebrate birthdays for two British composers: Geoffrey Burgon and Ronald Binge, along with pianist Joanna MacGregor and best-selling classical guitarist Craig Ogden.

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Cat composer Alexander Livitsanos

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chocolate bar musical taste

Can we guess your favourite chocolate bar from your favourite composer?

broken e-string violin

This clip captures the sheer horror of an E-string snapping halfway through a live radio broadcast