Euroclassic Notturno

Euroclassic Notturno is a six-hour radio sequence of classical music recordings assembled by BBC Radio from material supplied by members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and distributed, via the EBU's Euroradio satellite network, to a number of these broadcasters for use in their overnight classical music schedules. The recordings used are not taken from commercially available CDs but come instead from earlier (usually live) radio broadcasts.[1]

Euroclassic Notturno
Other namesThrough the Night
Euroradio Notturno
GenreClassical music
Running time360 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom (as Through the Night)
Home stationBBC Radio 3 (1996–present)
Euroradio (1998–present)
SyndicatesEBU members via Euroradio network (see Broadcasters)
Hosted byVarious
(UK: Catriona Young, John Shea, Jonathan Swain)
Created byBBC Radio, EBU
Produced by
  • Ellie Mant
  • Brian Jackson
  • Bill Nicholls
  • Jenny Pitt
  • Deirdre O'Donovan
  • Barnaby Gordon
Original release5 May 1996 (1996-05-05) (as Through the Night) – present
Audio formatStereo
Opening theme"Madrigal Nocturne" – La cheminée du roi René (Sweden and UK)

Though supplied by the BBC on a commercial basis, the service nevertheless claims to provide broadcasters with a less expensive alternative to local origination of overnight classical-music programming.[1]


The sequence is put together by a small BBC team in London and Salford, and gaps are provided in the schedule to allow for local origination of explanatory material in each broadcaster's national language (written programme notes in English are supplied by the BBC some weeks in advance), top-of-the-hour news summaries, etc. In the United Kingdom, however, the sequence is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 without news.


The service is streamed from Broadcasting House in London between 0.00 and 6.00 Central European Time seven days a week, though actual transmission times may be shifted locally – the BBC itself, for instance, broadcasts its own version (which goes out under the title Through the Night) between 0.30 and 6.30 on Mondays to Fridays, and from 1.00 till 7.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.[2] BBC Radio 3's Through the Night was first broadcast on 5 May 1996 when 24-hour broadcasting was introduced on the station. The first presenter was Donald Macleod.[3]

As transmission is unattended the playout servers are duplicated to provide resilience, although the service has, in fact, run reliably since 1998.[1]


EBU member broadcasting organisations currently taking the service include (all indicated times are local):

Country Station Broadcaster Local title Time
  Bulgaria Hristo Botev Radio BNR Еврокласик ноктюрно (Evroklasik noktyurno) 3.00–5.00
  Croatia HRT 3 HRT Euroclassic Notturno 0.00–6.00
  Greece ERT Third Programme ERT Trito 1.00–7.00
  Hungary Bartók Rádió [hu] MR Notturno 0.00–6.00
  Poland Dwójka PR Muzyczna Noc Euroradia (Euroradio’s Music Night) 2.00–6.00 (Mon–Fri)
  Slovakia Rádio Devín [sk] RTVS Euroclassic Nocturno 2.00–6.00
  Slovenia ARS RTV Evropski klasični nokturno 0.00–4.00
  Romania Radio România Muzical SRR Notturno 1.00–7.00
  Sweden Sveriges Radio P2 SR Notturno 0.00–6.00
  Turkey Radyo 3 TRT Notturno 1.00–7.00
  United Kingdom BBC Radio 3 BBC (originator) Through the Night 0.30–6.30 (Mon–Fri)
1.00–7.00 (Sat, Sun)

EBU members that previously carried the service include:[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Euroradio Notturno". EBU. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Through the Night". BBC Radio 3. BBC. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Through the Night". Radio Times. No. 3771 (South ed.). BBC Magazines. 2 May 1996. p. 104. Retrieved 21 March 2019. Radio 3 goes 24 hours with the first of its new nightly programmes, presented by Donald Macleod.
  4. ^ "Euroclassic Notturno". BBC Radio 3. BBC. 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2019 – via
  5. ^ Dervan, Michael (5 January 1998). "RTE to extend FM3 radio coverage". The Irish Times. Dublin. ISSN 0791-5144. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Euroclassic Notturno". RAI Radio FD 5 (in Italian). RAI. Retrieved 18 January 2014.

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