Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 17 September 2016, 7pm

Andrea Bocelli Cinema

Alex uncovers the important dates in the classical music calendar for the coming week.

This evening, Alex features Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance and Weber’s Jubilee Overture, which were both heard for the first time this week. 

Classical composer Muzio Clementi gets hitched in Berlin; and Mendelssohn almost comes a cropper in a coach accident as he travels to London. We’ll hear from them both, too.

And Alex marks the birthdays of saxophonist and composer John Harle, along with tenor Andrea Bocelli (pictured).

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