Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 19 September 2015

Alex James takes a trip through 1,000 years of the world’s greatest music.

There are birthday celebrations a-plenty tonight – for the 70th birthday of one of Britain's most successful composers, John Rutter (pictured), and for the saxophonist and composer John Harle, who's 59 tomorrow. 

Also on this week's show, Alex asks why did Elgar’s engagement to Alice Roberts not meet with the approval of her in-laws? And why did Rachmaninov’s manor house have to be completely rebuilt before it could be opened to the public.

There are also things to know about the trumpeter who inspired both Haydn and Hummel to write their much-loved trumpet concertos.


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