Launched in 1995, the Summer Festivals constitute one of Euroradio's most exciting high-quality offers. From mid-June to mid-September, live concerts are broadcast each day from festivals like Salzburg, the BBC Proms and Bayreuth, but also from lesser-known venues, offering each year a musical journey from Iceland to Romania, and from Norway to Italy.
These festivals encompass all the different genres and periods of orchestral,chamber and vocal music: Baroque (Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and Handel's Messiah), Classical (Mozart's "Magic Flute" and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony), Romantic (Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique and Dvorák's "New World" Symphony), 20th-century (Ravel's Bolero and Orff's Carmina Burana) up to contemporary works (Górecki's symphonies and John Adams' operas). The Festivals are based on the give-and-take principle at the heart of the EBU’s philosophy, with radio organizations contributing and taking each other’s favourite programmes. All concerts are technically coordinated from the Euroradio Control Centre in Geneva.