Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 13 June 2015, 7pm

Alex invites you to join him for another whistle-stop tour through the important dates ahead in classical music.

Tonight, Alex James celebrates Mozart’s completion of one of the most well-known musical gags of all time, as well as the first ever performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.  

He’ll also explain how Mendelssohn became a firm favourite at Buckingham Palace, (pictured).

Looking further ahead, Alex marks the moment Schubert became a professional musician, the first performance of Elgar's Enigma Variations, and finds out why Brahms was too nervous to play for Liszt when they first met.

Birthday celebrations will also be in order for cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist Peter Donohoe.

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