Alex James's Date Night: upcoming shows

Alex James studio Classic FM

Saturdays, 7-9pm. Text 61812, tweet @ClassicFM or email using the form below.

Each Saturday night, Alex James explores the anniversaries, birthdays and 'on this day' events from the world of classical music for the week ahead.

There are joyful births to celebrate and deaths to mourn; historic premieres to mark; and award ceremonies to remember. 

You can listen to last week's Alex Jame's Date Night on our Classic FM Radio Player, or go to the Classic FM Playlist for a list of the pieces played in each programme.

Forthcoming shows:  

Saturday 29th April, 7pm

This week, in the show that surveys the next seven days in classical music history, Alex James marks the founding of the Boston Pops Orchestra, the birth of the composer Franz Lehar, and the first performance of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Plus – disaster for Wagner, when a desperately-needed fundraising concert contained more performers than concertgoers. Hear the full story – and what happened next – tonight. 

 

Saturday 6th May, 7pm

This week, in the show that surveys the next seven days in classical music history, Alex James marks important premieres for William Walton and Dmitri Shostakovich, along with the birthday of Classic FM Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman.

Plus – we’ll learn about the piece that was so popular it was restricted by law to just one encore at a time, by Emperor Joseph II, in 1786. 

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