The inventor of the saxotromba, saxhorn, saxtuba and saxophone was born on 6 November 1814.
Despite popular misconceptions and its aristocratic origins, for part of its history opera was inextricably linked with popular culture – no more so than in the 1920s.
The songwriter was born on June 9th, 1891.
The 'father of the symphony' came to London on January 1st, 1791.
Wagner's opera was first performed in Munich on June 10th, 1865.
Understanding aboriginal history through rare and largely unheard music.
Owain Edwards writes about the sea change in classical music composition - and listenership - as the galant music of the Bachs reached London.
Beethoven's only opera was performed for the first time on May 23rd, 1814.
Joanna Richardson describes how after he had moved to Paris, Jacques Offenbach, the son of a cantor at the synagogue in Cologne, created an operatic epitome of the Second Empire.