Classical:NEXT Newsletter 
20 April 2017
Classical:NEXT 2017, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 17 - 20 May 2017

Classical:NEXT 2017 Programme Now Complete

The Final Announcement

Classical:NEXT 2017 is now less than a month away, and the programme is now complete! Today we announce the final additions, including the Mentoring, another off C:N Showcase and this year's Lunch with the Residents line-up. Read on for all the details, and remember that you can (and should!) get a head start in planning your Classical:NEXT: read our preparation checklist for a rundown of things to do before you get there, and make your timetable and book meetings by browsing the full schedule and taking a look at who will be attending. Happy planning!

All the best,
Jim Hickson and Paul Bräuer on behalf of the entire Classical:NEXT team

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Ask the questions you always wanted to ask to an expert. Get the know-how you seek free of charge – either at a One-to-One Mentoring (a private 15-minute consultation) or a Roundtable Mentoring (in a collective Q&A session) with one of our special mentors from various fields and occupations.

See the 2017 mentors and their topics below, and find more information about each session at the mentoring page on our website. Spaces in the Mentoring Sessions are limited and go fast, so make sure to sign up for your slot as soon as possible by emailing

One-to-One Mentoring:

  • Harriet Wybor (UK) – Understanding Rights and Royalties
  • Thiago Cury (Brazil) – Understanding, Collaborating and Touring in Latin America
  • Catherine Le Bris (France) – Finding the Right Agent. How and Why?

Roundtable Mentoring:

  • Christopher Amos (US) – Digital Strategy for Performing Arts Organisations
  • Hilary Kleinig (Australia) – Crossing Art From Boundaries – Dynamic Collaborations
  • Heather Pinkham (US/The Netherlands) – Professional Skills for the 21st Century Composer

Lunch with the Residents

An annual feature of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam is Lunch with the Residents, showing off the most exciting new music from the Netherlands. Across two afternoons, eight Dutch artists will perform lunchtime concerts in de Doelen's Eduard Flipse Zaal. These concerts offer a mix of talent, from well-known pioneers to well-kept secrets and rising stars.

The Lunch with the Residents concerts will take place between 12:00 - 14:00 on the  Thursday and Friday of Classical:NEXT in the Eduard Flipse Zaal, and delegates can meet the artists at the Dutch umbrella stand after the performance. For more details including the full line-up, see the Lunch with the Residents page on our website.

off C:N Showcase:
Nordic Music Days 2017

In addition to the previously-announced MusMA concert, the off C:N Showcase programme grows: the second of C:N concert the year will be Nordic Music Days 2017.

Nordic Music Days 2017 is a series of events at Southbank Centre, London, 28 September - 1 October, a happening of new encounters, creativity, and receptiveness; an environment that supports the playful, the inclusive, and the innovative. Across four days, leading ensembles and soloists will showcase pioneering contemporary music from the Nordic countries, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Nordic Music Days 2017 off C:N showcase will be performed by Distractfold and take place in de Doelen’s Eduard Flipse Zaal, 17:00 - 17:30 on Thursday, 18 May. Find more information at our off C:N Showcase page.

Are You Serious?!

Seriously? Adventures in Music is the name of the Classical:NEXT 2017 public festival, including the official Showcases in de Doelen and the Rotterdam clubs, the Lunch with the Residents concerts, the MusMA off C:N Showcase and the performance by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Delegates get free access to all concerts, but if you want to bring a spouse or friend, tickets to the Seriously? Adventures in Music festival can be bought online now from the festival website:

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Photo credits for this mail (in order of appearance, top and left column first): Yannick Hiwat; Classical:NEXT Conference by Eric van Nieuwland; Scordatura, by Charles van Gelder; Distractfold, by Dimitri Djuric; Seriously? Adventures in Music logo; International Arts Manager logo.
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About Classical:NEXT
Classical:NEXT is an international professionals’ forum for all sectors of the classical music industry. Showcase concerts, interactive conference sessions, an expo to present, mix and mingle – all these and more offer a variety of formats for getting business done, exploring new artistic ideas and developing pioneering solutions. Classical:NEXT is produced by Berlin-based Piranha Arts (, who have been running the music fair WOMEX – The World Music Expo – annually since 1994 ( Classical:NEXT was initiated in 2012 by Piranha and CLASS - Association of Classical Independents in Germany eV (
Local partners of Classical:NEXT from 2015 to 2017 are de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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