La Traviata - Prelude to Act III Giuseppe Verdi Download 'La Traviata - Prelude to Act III' on iTunes
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.