Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 26 September 2015

Alex James casts his eye over the musical anniversaries in the week ahead.

Alex James invites you to join him for another whistle-stop tour through the week ahead in classical music, as he picks out all the most important dates, anniversaries and 'on this day' events.

Tonight Alex celebrates the world premieres of Bernstein’s West Side Story (pictured), Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

There's also the story of how the Archbishop of Salzburg reinstated a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father, having previously, unceremoniously, sacked them.

And Alex celebrates the birthdays of violinist Chloe Hanslip and 85-year old maestro Richard Bonynge. 

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