Classical:NEXT Newsletter 
30 November 2016
Save the Date: Classical:NEXT 2017, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 17 - 20 May 2017

Classical:NEXT 2017 Programme:
Make Classical Music Count Again

As we promised last week, we can now give you a sneak-peak at the first programme points for Classical:NEXT 2017! Two somewhat connected main themes that will be addressed are in regards to the rise of populist politics and – as an opposing trend – the fight for diversity in classical music.

Read below for information on the first speakers that have been confirmed and the return of the Rotterdam Philharmonic to the Classical:NEXT Festival. There is also information on the return of our Fellowships programme and a call for NEXT:Tech challenges.

Remember that you can register as a delegate and book a stand online now – 70% of our stands are reserved already (there's many advantages to exhibiting in the Expo!) and the best-priced Smart Rate is only available until 13 January, so don't miss out!

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

The First Conference Programme Revealed!

The Conference is always one of the most important elements of Classical:NEXT,. where the hottest topics are discussed and most burning questions are raised. 2017 will be no different: the international jury have selected vital and intriguing sessions and that can be seen from our first set of conference sessions that are now announced.

The sessions announced today are based around the themes of new career models for musicians, the artist as social actor, the 'free scene' in classical music, 'slow music', and more. You can see the full list at our Conference page now, and read the latest press release for quotes from some of the speakers.

NEXT:Tech – Give Us a Challenge!

In cooperation with Music Tech Fest, we're issuing issues a call for Tech Challenges to all our delegates! The aim is to have collection of not necessarily commercial but future-oriented ideas on how technology can help classical and contemporary music foster and gain in reach in the next years. Music Tech Fest will put these challenges to their network of hackers and digital experts with the aim of creating trailblazing tech concepts and connecting music managers and experts to engage in their own projects in the near future. See our C:N NET post for more information.

Classical:NEXT Focusses on Diversity

The role of art music in society will be a key theme of Classical:NEXT 2017, with a focus on diversity in classical music. Two of the most renowned organisations in this field, the Chineke! Foundation and the Sphinx Organization and their respective Artistic Directors, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Afa Dworkin, will be involved in the Classical:NEXT 2017 programme.

As one result of this cooperation, Classical:NEXT director Jennifer Dautermann will reach out to regional professionals while leading a session at Sphinx' annual meeting in Detroit in February, taking with her the heads of two leading orchestra associations: Anselm Rose of Deutscher Orchestertag and Mark Pemberton of the Association of British Orchestras.

Like what you've seen in this mail? Remember that we officially opened registrations for Classical:NEXT 2017 last week – you can now register as a delegate and book a stand in the Expo online now!

Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Classical:NEXT 2017 Festival

We're delighted that, for the second year, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will perform as part of the Classical:NEXT Festival in de Doelen. The orchestra will perform with conductor Bas Wiegers and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, presenting a European première of the specially-commissioned Michael Gordon piece 'The Unchanging Sea', which will be accompanied by a film by Bill Morrison. This will be followed by 'Become Ocean' by John Luther Adams.

The event will take place on Friday, 19 May, and will be free for delegates. More information can be found on the Rotterdam Philharmonic's website.

Brexit, Trump and the Rise of Populist Politics

Almost inevitably, an important topic that will be on the table for Classical:NEXT 2017 is Brexit, Trump and the impacts of the rise of political populism on our sector. Cathy Graham, Director of Music at the British Council and who will speak at Classical:NEXT, says this on the subject:

"Following the momentous developments in the UK and the US over the last year, we are entering a new world with all the anxiety but possibly opportunities that brings. I am acutely aware of how easy it is to internalise the issues, to become obsessed with our own problems rather than view them from the standpoint of others in other countries who may be equally affected. Now, more than ever, networks, collaboration and sharing experiences become essential. I hope at Classical:NEXT we can start a dialogue which spans countries, gives us deeper insight, and allows us to find and move forwards with solutions which will benefit the whole classical music sector."

Classical:NEXT Fellowships Return for 2017

As a new feature last year, the Classical:NEXT Fellowship programme was very well-received, and so it returns for 2017! The programme will once again introduce young artists and music managers into the global network of Classical:NEXT with dedicated mentors giving them guidance and advice on site. Confirmed partners supporting and involved in the fellowship programme include the following key organisations:

Photo credits for this mail (in order of appearance, top and left first): Saskia Langhoorn live at Classical:NEXT 2016, by Eric van Nieuwland; Classical:NEXT 2016 Conference, by Eric van Nieuwland; Thomas Bonte, courtesy of Thomas Bonte; Sphinx logo; Bas Wiegers by Marco Borggreve; Cathy Graham, courtesy of the British Council; Classical:NEXT 2016 Mentoring, by Eric van Nieuwland.
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About Classical:NEXT
Classical:NEXT is an international professionals’ forum for all sectors of the classical music industry. The networking event includes an expo and a conference, as well as showcase concerts and video screenings. 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, with Michael Nieuwenhuizen, former director of the Dutch Classical Music Meeting, as the Programme Manager for the Netherlands.

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