Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 3 October 2015, 7pm

Alex James surveys the classical music anniversaries and events in the week ahead.

Vaughan Williams

On this week’s programme, Alex James celebrates the marriage of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, discovering how the vicar who took the ceremony is forever connected to an unfortunate verbal tic.

Alex will also find out why 9 October was a good day for Bizet and a bad one for Massenet – both because of the activities of the Paris Conservatoire.

And birthday celebrations are in order for cellist Yo–Yo Ma, pianist Yundi and trumpeter Alison Balsom.