Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 30 July 2016, 7pm

saxophone

There's plenty of sax appeal in tonight's show.

Tonight Alex celebrates the first big success for Belgian inventor Adolphe Sax’s eponymous instrument, discovers why Monteverdi got the sack, and there's a birthday to celebrate for violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti.

Classic FM Apps

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

rune brodahl horn player

Joyous: this horn player absolutely lets rip during a ballet performance

Backstreet Boys in the style of Bach

The Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way' in the style of a Bach Allemande

Sunshine

Quiz: Answer these questions and we'll tell you what your ultimate summer banger is