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

Musical abbreviations quiz

You won’t get 20/20 on this quiz if you don’t know your musical abbreviations

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time