Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 21 May 2016, 7pm

Howard at Abbey Road Studios

Alex marks the important classical music anniversaries in the week ahead.

Tonight Alex raises a glass to composer Howard Goodall who turns 58 on Thursday. He has composed musicals, choral music and TV scores, as well as being a former Classic FM Composer-in-Residence and host of Saturday Night at the Movies.

Also tonight Alex celebrates the premieres of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, Johann Sebastian Bach gets a new job and Mozart's Horn Concerto No.2 is performed for the first time.

Alex also celebrates birthdays of conductor Paul McCreesh and composer Richard Wagner.

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