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Alex James uncovers the important dates in classical music history.
On tonight's show Alex marks the opening of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, 20 years ago on the 11 September 1996. The hall, which sits on a bed of 280 springs to help reduce external noise, cost around £42 millionto build and currently hosts over 250 performances a year. It's home to The Hallé orchestra.
Alex also discovers why the marriage between Robert Schumann and his beloved Clara ended up in legal action being threatened from the composer’s father-in-law-to-be.
It's also the week that Handel put the finishing touches to his oratorio Messiah, and composer Antonin Dvorak, along with his wife and children, set sail for the New World for the first time.