Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 21 November 2015, 7pm

Alex looks at the music anniversaries coming up in the week ahead, including Einaudi's birthday.

On this week's show, among other fascinating nuggets of classical music history, Alex discovers why a terrible smell caused Covent Garden to revert to lighting its auditorium with candles. And why did William Boyce waste no time in offering his services to the Prime Minister when he heard that Maurice Greene, the Master of the Royal Musicians, was gravely ill?

As well as the world premieres of Ravel’s Bolero and Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Alex celebrates a number of musical birthdays tonight, including conductors Edward Gardner and Kent Nagano, pianist Stephen Hough, composer Ludovico Einaudi (pictured) and violinist Thomas Zehetmair.