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

Cat composer Alexander Livitsanos

This utterly adorable kitten is the ultimate distraction from work

chocolate bar musical taste

Can we guess your favourite chocolate bar from your favourite composer?

broken e-string violin

This clip captures the sheer horror of an E-string snapping halfway through a live radio broadcast