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Classical Music Group

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The EBU Classical Music Group’s work aims to align radio classical music activity with radio organizations’ needs and wishes in various areas; showcase the value of the broad spectrum of classical music produced and broadcast by EBU radio organizations, including outstanding archives; and enhance current activities while proposing and developing exciting joint projects and knowledge sharing opportunities.

It is made up of one Chair, two Vice-Chairs and 10 members who are elected for a two-year term at the annual Music Plenary Meeting. The present group was elected at the 2022 Music Plenary Meeting, on 18-20 May in Cologne. They meet twice a year in person and once per month online. 

The Classical Music Group supervises the curation of the Euroradio Package, which consists of the ever popular Summer Festivals as well as the Euroradio Season. The Season offers a wealth of content, such as Premium Concerts, the Metropolitan Opera, the Christmas Music Day as well as projects promoting young artists, like the Top Young Performers series.

It oversees three subgroups with a practical focus on Advocacy and Marketing, the Digital World, and Music Rights and Contracts.

The Classical Music Group also places great emphasis on the sound quality of its live and recorded concerts, as reflected by its support of the Concert Evaluation Initiative and its collaboration with the Euroradio Contact Engineers on the Sound Engineers Scheme.

The Classical Music Group also promotes the Notturno night-time user-pay programme of interchangeable modules of classical music produced by the BBC.

The EBU Classical Music Group is one of the signatories of the 2022–2023 EBU Music Unit Workplan.

Documents

Classical Music Group meeting – Bari, 6-7 October 2022 (report)
Classical Music Group meeting – online, 11 November 2022 (report)
Classical Music Group meeting – online, 19 January 2023 (report)
Classical Music Group meeting – online, 10 February 2023 (report)

Group Members

Gail Henry

Chair

Producer, lyric fm, RTÉ (Ireland)

Michael Blees

Vice-Chair

Head of Opera & Concerts Dept., Ö1, ORF (Austria)

Holger Hettinger

Vice-Chair

Head of Music, DKU/DLF (Germany)

Valentina Bensi

Executive Producer, Rete Due, RSI (Switzerland)

Stéphane Grant

Head of Programmes, France Musique, Radio France (France)

Julijus Grickevičius

Head of LRT KLASIKA, LRT (Lithuania)

Sam Jackson

Controller of BBC Radio 3 and the Proms, BBC (United Kingdom)

Maria Kopana

Head of Music Ensembles Production Office, ERT (Greece)

Jakob Marstrand

Editor of live classical music & EBU, P2, DR (Denmark)

Tim Moen

Vice Channel Manager, NPO Klassiek, NPO (Netherlands)

Giovanna Natalini

Producer, Rai Radio 3, Rai (Italy)

Dávid Ottmár

Music Editor, Radio Bartók, MTVA (Hungary)

Huw Robinson

Chair's guest

Operations Manager, Music, BBC Audio, BBC (United Kingdom)

Andrea Zschunke

Head of Music, WDR 3, WDR (Germany)

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