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You Can’t Be Serious! – Crossing Borders in Music Programming on Classical Music Radio Stations
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Front 3 (up) | 15:00 - 16:00
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Front 3 (up) | 15:00 - 16:00
Presented by: EBU & Euroradio

You Can’t Be Serious! – Crossing Borders in Music Programming on Classical Music Radio Stations

Hervé Riesen Radio France (FR), Gail Henry RTÉ Lyric (IE), Tim Moen NPO Radio 4 (NL), Carlo Garré K7 (IT/DE)


English spoken


New music genres are receiving increasing amounts of airtime on classical music radio station, and radio is playing a major role in the rising tide of artists and musicians transforming classical music and creating genre-defying sounds. Are there any limits to this new trend ? Does the division between ""high"" and ""low"" music still exist? If not, what are the implications for music programming on radio?



  • Hervé Riesen

    Hervé Riesen Radio France (FR)

    Deputy Director for stations and contents at Radio France, Hervé Riesen was one of the founders of the Swiss network Couleur 3 in France in 1994.

    In October 1997, he began work at Le Mouv’ (Mouv’ today) then France Inter, in February 2000, as music programmer.

    In 2011 before he became Director of the delegate Direction for International Affairs at Radio France. He is currently President of the “Eurosonic” group at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Vice-president Europe at the International Radio and Television Union (URTI).

  • Gail Henry

    Gail Henry RTÉ Lyric (IE)

    Gail is a radio producer with RTE lyric fm - Ireland's National Classical Music radio station, prior to which she was Concerts Manager for the RTÉ orchestras. Gail is passionate about music education and audience development which led her to develop an education and outreach programme for the station. She has conducted research on the music preferences and media consumption habits of young people. Recent awards for her work include winning the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award at the IMRO Radio Awards, The 2018 Celtic Media Torc for excellence and bronze in the 2018 New York Festivals. Gail was recently elected to the European Broadcasting Union Music Group which oversees classical music and opera concert exchanges between broadcasters around the world.

  • Tim Moen

    Tim Moen NPO Radio 4 (NL)

    As manager content at NPO I am responsible for the development of NPO Radio 4 from what was principally a radio station, to the classical music platform of the NPO. Before I was chief editor classical music at broadcaster AVROTROS. One of the things I was responsible for was the very successful YouTube channel 'avrotrosklassiek’.

  • Carlo Garré

    Carlo Garré K7 (IT/DE)

    Journalist with several pseudonyms on various newspapers (paper and web) in the 2000s Garré then started as PR / Press office at PoP Press Office & Promotion in Milan. In 2008 he founded the communication / PR agency Ja.La Media Activities with Laura Besch, dealing with promotion in Italy for international and Italian artists, Since 2005 he has worked as a Tour Manager for several international bands, in particular following Blonde Redhead from 2007 to the present. At the moment he works as A&R and Artist manager at the German label 7K!, the new department at !K7.


  • Edward Blakeman

    Edward Blakeman BBC Radio 3 (GB)

    Edward Blakeman is Head of Music Programmes at BBC Radio 3 in London, responsible for commissioning and overseeing a wide range of classical, jazz and world music broadcasts and associated programmes. He previously worked on the artistic direction and broadcasting of the BBC Proms and produced music features, documentaries, and live relays and recordings of orchestral concerts, operas and chamber music for Radio 3. Before joining the BBC he was a freelance flute player, lecturer and presenter. He is the editor of various music editions and author of several books, including The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel, and is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to the Flute. He is a trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society.