The EBU Classical Music Group’s work is aimed at aligning the Radio classical music activity with Members' needs and wishes in various areas; at showcasing the value of the broad spectrum of classical music produced and broadcast by EBU radio organizations; and at enhancing current activities while proposing and developing exciting joint projects and knowledge exchange opportunities. It is made up of a 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 during the 2022 Music Plenary Meeting, on 18-20 May in Cologne. They meet twice a year in person and once per month online.
The EBU Music Exchange gives EBU radio organizations access to a wide repertory of live-recorded music through around 3,000 concerts made available via the Members' Selections and the Euroradio Package. The latter 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.
The Classical Music Group also oversees the Notturno night-time user-pay programme of interchangeable modules of classical music produced by the BBC. It organizes periodic seminars and supervises the Music & Radio 60-minute session series established in October 2020. A number of subgroups focus on specific topics: Advocacy and Marketing, the Digital world, Music Rights and Contracts, and Classical Concert Presenters.
The Classical Music Group also places great emphasis on the sound quality of its live and recorded concerts, as evidenced by its support of the Concert Evaluation Initiative and the Sound Engineers Scheme.
The EBU Classical Music Group is one of the signatories of the 2022-2023 EBU Music Unit Workplan.
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)
Gail Henry (RTÉ)
Michael Blees (ORF)
Holger Hettinger (DLF/DKU)
Valentina Bensi (RSI)
Stéphane Grant (Radio France)
Julijus Grickevičius (LRT)
Maria Kopana (ERT)
Jakob Marstrand (Danish Radio)
Tim Moen (NPO)
Giovanna Natalini (RAI)
Dávid Ottmár (MTVA)
Markus Partanen (YLE), Chair's guest
Huw Robinson (BBC), Chair's guest
Julia Wellershaus (NDR), Chair's guest
Andrea Zschunke (WDR)