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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.
Saturday 25th March, 7pm
Alex James looks back at the important happenings this week in musical history. Tonight, we’ll learn exactly how Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 acquired its solar nickname, and how a telegram, wishing Rachmaninov a happy 70th birthday, was sent to his home in Beverly Hills in vain.
We’ll also find out which composer started writing reviews under his pen name ‘Monsieur Croche’, and hear about the time that Boulez feared an invitation to become Chief Conductor of the New York Philharmonic might have been an early April Fool’s joke.
Saturday 1st April, 7pm
Join Alex as he looks back at the important happenings over the week ahead in musical history. Tonight, we’ll learn why William Boyce’s organ playing caused a resignation in 1768, and there are premieres to mark, including Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 and Grieg’s mighty Piano Concerto.
Amongst the musicians celebrating their birthday this week are conductor Vladimir Jurovski and pianist Pascal Roge. Join Alex for a fitting birthday toast tonight!