Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 11 June 2016, 7pm

Peter Grimes 1945 production Sadlers Wells

Alex looks at the major classical music anniversaries of the coming week.

Tonight Alex goes behind the scenes at the première of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, which received its first performance in June 1945. Find out why the critics and the public alike fell in love with it, despite predictions that it would be a 'cacophony'.

Alex also tells the story of Edvard Grieg’s wedding in Troldhaugen, and raises a glass to the superstar pianist Lang Lang, who celebrates his 34th birthday on Tuesday.

There's also birthday cake for the film composer Klaus Badelt, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Cat composer Alexander Livitsanos

This utterly adorable kitten is the ultimate distraction from work

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