In Tune (radio programme)

In Tune is a British music magazine programme on BBC Radio 3. It is broadcast in the weekday evening "drive time" slot and features a mix of live and recorded classical and jazz music, interviews with musicians, and arts news. It is billed as "Radio 3's flagship early evening music programme".[1]

In Tune
Kronos Quartet (on In Tune, BBC Radio, 2012).jpg
The Kronos Quartet performing live on In Tune in 2012
GenreClassical music, jazz
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 3
Hosted bySean Rafferty
Katie Derham
Recording studioBroadcasting House, London
Original release13 July 1992 – present
Audio formatStereophonic sound

It is broadcast live from the BBC's Broadcasting House in London, and has been noted for its relaxed, convivial style of presentation.[2][3]


Each programme is followed by the In Tune Mixtape, a 30-minute playlist of music compiled in the style of a mixtape with no presenter commentary. The playlist usually features an eclectic mix of classical works and other musical genres.[4]


Presenter Sean Rafferty with violinist Nigel Kennedy at a live broadcast of In Tune from the Southbank Centre in 2014

The programme was first broadcast on 13 July 1992, hosted by Natalie Wheen.[5] It was launched in response to the forthcoming launch of the competitor radio station Classic FM.[citation needed] Early shows were additionally presented by Humphrey Carpenter.[6] Since 1997, the show has been hosted by Sean Rafferty, a presenter known for his work on BBC Northern Ireland.[7]

In 2017, Katie Derham joined the programme as a presenter. Derham was an established broadcaster on BBC arts programming, and was especially known as a presenter on BBC Proms.[8][9] Broadcaster Suzy Klein has also presented the show.[10]


  1. ^ "In Tune Presenters: Sean Rafferty". BBC. Archived from the original on 25 June 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  2. ^ Chisholm, Kate (29 May 2010). "Stalwarts of the airwaves". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  3. ^ "The 10 best radio voices". the Guardian. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  4. ^ "In Tune Mixtape". BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 3 listings - 13 July 1992 -". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Humphrey Carpenter". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  7. ^ Morris, Sophie (19 February 2011). "Sean Rafferty: My Life In Media - Media, News - The Independent". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Katie Derham moves to In Tune on BBC Radio 3". RadioToday. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  9. ^ "In Tune Presenters: Katie Derham". BBC. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  10. ^ "In Tune Presenters: Suzy Klein". BBC. Retrieved 24 November 2020.

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