Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Front 3 (up) | 15:00 - 16:00
Presented by: EBU

Crossing Borders - Music Programming on Classical Music Radio Stations

Edward Blakeman BBC Radio 3 (GB), Gail Henry RTÉ Lyric (IE), Reinhard Baerenz ARD-MDR Kultur (DE), 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?



  • Edward Blakeman BBC Radio 3 (GB)

  • 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.

  • Reinhard Baerenz

    Reinhard Baerenz ARD-MDR Kultur (DE)

    After completing his studies at university in Heidelberg, in the field of orchestral music, he worked as a musician for several years in different bands and projects. Since 1988 he has been working at radio as a music editor at various stations including MITTELDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, MDR SPUTNIK, MDR JUMP (pop radio) and as Head Of MDR FIGARO (culture radio). Since 2016 he has been Head Of the Culture Department TV/Online/Radio at MDR,

  • 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)

    Born near Milan during “gli anni di piombo” when bombs were placed around the city (1978), he always lived on music from 19 years onwards. Journalist with several pseudonyms on various newspapers (paper and web) in the 2000s he then started as PR / Press office at PoP Press Office & Promotion in Milan. In 2008 he founded with Laura Beschi the communication / PR agency Ja.La Media Activities dealing with promotion in Italy for international and Italian artists, in the middle there are long and profitable experiences with DNA Concerti, Comcerto, Vivo Concerti and more sporadic with other promoters Italians with different roles from the production of events to the promotion of the same. 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! new department at !K7. He has been living in Berlin for two years and is almost 40 years old...