Celebrating 50 years of our regular Euroradio music exchange


We're celebrating 50 years of our regular Euroradio music exchange. Over the last five decades, EBU radio organizations have built the world’s most prestigious virtual concert hall. Each week, millions of listeners enjoy unique musical performances from the greatest venues, representing every genre from hip-hop and folk to opera and symphonic music.

Discover the wealth of this radio partnership through our interactive timeline and a written history.

Read more about the 50th Anniversary in "A Song for Europe", in the BBC Music Magazine's December issue.




Anniversary Concert

To celebrate our 50th, an exceptional concert was broadcast throughout Europe and beyond on the anniversary date from LSO St Luke's in London by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The programme featured music by Benjamin Britten, who conducted the first concert 50 years ago, and the première of Orpheus' Comet, specially commissioned by the EBU from the BBC Concert Orchestra composer-in-residence Dobrinka Tabakova. Also on the programme were Mozart's Sinfonia concertante K. 364, which was performed in 1967, and Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, chosen by listeners throughout Europe in a poll by the EBU. The BBC Concert Orchestra accompanied the soloists Esther Yoo, violin, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, viola, and Pavel Kolesnikov, piano, all conducted by Johannes Wildner. This special evening was broadcast by BBC Radio 3, presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The concert was broadcast live (unless otherwise mentioned) by the following 44 EBU Radio Members and Associates and is available in MUS as SM/17/08/48/01:

  • ABC (Australia) (deferred)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • BTRC (Belarus) (deferred)
  • RTBF (Belgium)
  • RC/Rádio Cultura FM (Brazil) (deferred)
  • BNR (Bulgaria)
  • CBC Radio 2 (Canada)
  • SRC (Canada)
  • HRT (Croatia)
  • CyBC (Cyprus)
  • CR (Czech Republic)
  • DR (Denmark)
  • ERR (Estonia)
  • YLE (Finland)
  • SRF (France)
  • BR (Germany)
  • HR (Germany): go to MP3-Stream (48 kBit/s) or MP3-Stream (128 kBit/s)
  • MDR (Germany) (deferred)
  • NDR (Germany)

The History

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The beginning

On 27 November 1967 at 19:30, Benjamin Britten walked onto the stage of the newly-built Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to conduct the opening concert of the very first International Concert Season of the EBU. It was a significant moment for international radio broadcasting and had been years in the planning. Broadcasters across Europe had come together to pool their resources and plan jointly a series of concerts that no one radio station could afford on its own. Millions of listeners across the continent were thus given simultaneous access to some of the greatest performances of the time and music was celebrated as a truly international language. Read the full history by Alison Garnham.

Hans Keller, Benjamin Britten, and the First International Concert Season of the European Broadcasting Union


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