Handel in London: The Making of a Genius 9.45am, Radio 4
First game in the crossover round. Everton look to bounce back from Merseyside derby ignominy. Clash between two sides seeking a playoff place. In 1712, young German composer George Frideric Handel decided to try his luck in England. Things worked out. Over the next four decades, he would be at the centre of British musical life, composing the coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, for George II; operas such as Giulio Cesare and Alcina; and oratorios, most notably his masterpiece Messiah. In the Book of the Week slot, Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work around the world, tells the story of a remarkable life.