Dermot Clinch looks at the influence of Freemasonry and the Enlightenment on Haydn.
By Leonard Woolf. An English novelist visiting Ceylon falls in love with a prostitute.
Mario Petrucci considers the much-neglected poetry of Michelangelo.
Sean Rafferty finds out about Mendelssohn's visits to Buckingham Palace.
Two playful stories by award-winning writer Michael Kruger about eccentric grandfathers.
A discussion about the real meaning of the text Handel set in Messiah.
Poet Alison Brackenbury responds to John de Critz's portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham.
Zinovy Zinik uncovers the stories behind an area of London once known as 'Little Russia'.
Sean Street and Eamon Duffy go to Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years
Paul Allen explores happy endings, looking at Prokofiev's original Romeo and Juliet.
David Horovitch reads from Jean Echenoz's novel celebrating the life of a concert pianist.
Martin Handley discusses the art of light music with Claire Martin and the BBC CO.
Donald Macleod presents a profile of Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott.
Catherine Bott looks at what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Louise Fryer uncovers the story behind Britten's cantata St Nicolas.
Iain Glen reads Bruce Chatwin's story of his trip to see the architect Konstantin Melnikov
From St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny chairs a discussion on Messiaen.
Deborah Bull explores the relationship between music and dance, from Tchaikovsky to today.
Pushkin's short story about a postmaster's daughter who elopes with a hussar.
Tim Healey explores the Goliards, composers of the original songs of Carmina Burana.
Writer Christopher Somerville watches the dawn migration of 25,000 geese in Aberlady Bay.
Stephen Critchlow reads Solzhenitsyn's short story about an impoverished peasant woman.
Stephen Johnson explores the parallel worlds of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.
A portait of the Fiesta del Pilar, a celebration held in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.
By Istvan Orkeny. A story told by a mother who must identify the body of her dead son.
Martin Handley explores the themes of Candide.
How Beethoven's Choral Symphony was inspired by double bass player Domenico Dragonetti.
Petroc Trelawny and guests discuss the portrayal of conductors in BBC TV's Maestro series.
With BBC Singers chief conductor David Hill and associate composer Judith Bingham.
A story by the author Deborah Moggach, centring on a Last Night of the Proms reminiscence.