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Classic FM takes you on a musical tour to Cambridge on Ben's Fogle's Notes of Hidden Britain trip
One of France's greatest composers Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns famous for his Carnival of the Animals and his Organ Symphony, was awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University in 1893.
His achievement was honoured during the university's 800th anniversary celebrations in 2009, when the Organ Symphony was again performed.
He isn't the only composer to be awarded an honorary degree by the university. Dvořák, Grieg and Tchaikovsky (pictured) have also been honoured in this way.
The founder of the city's Fitzwilliam Museum, Viscount Fitzwilliam, was a huge fan of Handel so much so that he organised a festival in Westminster Abbey in the composer's honour in 1784. This painting of Handel, painted by Sir James Thornhill, hangs in the museum.
The museum's collection of Handel manuscripts and memorabilia is second only in size to the Royal Collection. Sixty-seven volumes of the composer's music alone are housed in what is known as 'Handel's bookcase'.
One of England's finest buildings King's College is also home to one of the world's greatest choirs. King's College and the world-famous Chapel choir was founded by King Henry VI in 1441.
Oliver Cromwell’s troops were billeted at King’s College during the Civil War. The building was spared as Cromwell, a former student of Cambridge, ordered his troops not to destroy it.
Today, King's College Chapel Choir is directed by Stephen Cleobury. It has 16 boy choristers and 14 undergraduate choral scholars.
Famous musicians who have sung in it include the King's Singers, the tenor Mark Padmore and rising British conductor, Edward Gardner.
Several great composers have past through the hallowed halls of Cambridge University. Choral composer John Rutter studied music at Clare College while Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford was a former student of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Stanford was one of the founding professors of the Royal College of Music and taught composition there. He had many famous pupils, among them the composers Gustav Holst and Vaughan Williams (pictured).
During his visit to the city to collect his honourary degree, Dvořák stayed at the Irish composer's house, 10 Harvey Road.
Other musicians have also been honoured by the University. German composer Max Bruch came to Cambridge to receive his doctorate of music in 1893, 25 years after the great violinist Joachim premiered the revised version of his first violin concerto.
This wasn't the German composer's only connection with Britain. For three seasons between 1880-1883, Bruch was the conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society whose orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Classic FM's Orchestra in the North West of England, is the UK's oldest professional symphony orchestra.