Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 25 April 2015, 7pm
Alex James casts an eye - and his ears - over the coming week's musical anniversaries.
On this Saturday's show, Alex James celebrates birthdays for the conductors Zubin Mehta and Thomas Beecham, and the founding of the now-famous Boston Pops Orchestra.
The Boston Pops was created in 1885 as a second, popular sibling for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which was founded four years earlier. Consisting primarily of musicians from the BSO, they perform a Spring season of popular music and a holiday programme in December when the Boston Symphony Orchestra are on breaks. Identified with its long-time directors Arthur Fiedler and film composer John Williams, in the past the orchestra has recorded extensively, made frequent tours, and appeared regularly on television.