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Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
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.