Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 27 August 2016, 7pm

Eric Coates

Alex James surveys the major classical music anniversaries for the week ahead.

On tonight’s show, Alex celebrates the birth of English light music composer Eric Coates (pictured), the opening of Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Smetana’s marriage to his childhood sweetheart.  

Plus – we find out why a concert by Chopin was not a great success in Manchester; Elgar resigns from a job in Birmingham, and Mendelssohn arrives in Leipzig to begin one.  

Alex will also be celebrating the birthdays of pianist Imogen Cooper, conductors Seiji Ozawa and Daniel Harding, along with violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

bolero trombone fail

This trombone fail will make you laugh and then immediately feel awful for laughing

donald trump orchestra

A detailed music theory analysis of Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ song