The Swing of Things

As we begin preparations for the ninth edition of Classical:NEXT, we have a few important updates to share with you.

Following the announcement of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Rotterdam on the original date of Classical:NEXT 2020, alternative arrangements have been made. To best accommodate our delegates, Classical:NEXT will once again take place at De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam, but please be aware of the new dates:


18 – 21 May
De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

As you will notice, these dates mean Classical:NEXT spans Monday to Thursday, just the week after the original dates. To better suit the working days, there will also be major changes to the overall programme schedule, with exciting new formats and different event hours.

The new schedule overview is as follows: Day 1 – Monday, 18 May 2020
09:00 – 12:00 Expo Set Up (Exhibitors only)
09:30 – 11:30 Higher Music Education Pre-Conference
12:00 – Classical:NEXT Opening and Welcome
12:00 – 18:00 Expo, Registration and Badge Pick-Up
13:00 – 18:00 Conference Sessions
20:00 – 23:00 First Night Celebrations

Day 2 – Tuesday, 19 May 2020
10:00 – 18:00: Conference, Expo, Daytime Showcases, All-Day Registration and Badge Pick-Up
20:00 – late: Showcase Festival and Club Night in various venues

Day 3 – Wednesday, 20 May 2020
10:00 – 18:00: Conference, Expo, Daytime Showcases, All-Day Registration and Badge Pick-Up
18:00 – 20:00 Expo Take-Down
20:00 – late: Showcase Festival, Innovation Award and Club Night in various venues

Day 4 – Thursday 21 May
NO Expo, Conference or Closing at de Doelen
09:00 – 10:00 Expo Take-Down
11:00 – 14:00 Tailored Networking Event for all Delegates with Keynote in the city of Rotterdam

The process for submitting Conference, Showcase and
Project Pitch proposals continues as normal.

The deadline to apply is Friday, 27 September 2019.

Booking Your Accommodation

In the week after the Eurovision Song Contest, many hotels will continue to block rooms. We have, however, reserved hundreds of hotel rooms at regular price for the duration of Classical:NEXT.

We ask you, until further notice, to please book all accommodation using the hotel booking codes that will be provided in the coming days.

For more information, visit our dedicated accommodation page.

The Call for Proposals

The search is underway for the best and brightest in classical and art music!

Everyone with new music, new approaches, new interpretations and ideas, as well as burning passions and exhilarating experiences you would like to share, are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for the 2020 Classical:NEXT Programme.

Submit A Proposal

On The Road

Classical:NEXT general manager Fabienne Krause will be at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany from 18 – 21 September 2019Let us know if you will be there and be sure to come and say hi!

The Classical:NEXT 2020 Jury

Each year, an independent and international Jury handpick the official Classical:NEXT Conference, Showcase and Project Pitch Programme. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, the Jury is made up of eight distinguished music professionals and two Club Curators.

The members of the 2020 Jury are:

  • Lyle Chan (composer, Australia)
  • Susanna Eastburn (Sound and Music, UK) 
  • Dr Rainer Kahleyss (Klassik Center/CLASS, Germany) 
  • Joanna Lee (Museworks, Hong Kong/US)
  • Graham McKenzie (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK) 
  • Matthias Mutzweiler (NAXOS, Germany) 
  • Marjorie Nétange (Reina Sofia School of Music, France/Spain) 
  • Masa Spaan (De Doelen Concert Hall, The Netherlands) 
Alongside two Club Curators:
  • Jan Hiddink (WORM, The Netherlands) 
  • Eleanor Ward (freelance creative producer and consultant, UK) 
Meet the Jury


This year Classical:NEXT, with Stingray Classica and, took the opportunity to record the amazing Classical:NEXT 2019 performances.

The concerts will become available soon on the Stingray Classica TV channel, which is already an audience favourite in over 50 countries, as well as in the Stingray Classica app, the world’s premium app dedicated to the best classical music, opera, and ballet.

Sign up here and use the promocode classicalnext to watch the concerts on all your devices – and the first month is on us!

Photo credits for this mail (in order of appearance, top and left column first): Asko Schöneberg Showcase at Classical:NEXT 2019 by Eric van Nieuwland; Schouwburgplein by Claire Droppert; The Hermes Experiment Showcase by Eric van Nieuwland; Collage of the Classical:NEXT 2020 Jury by Francisco Silva; Fabienne Krause by Michael Mann; Stingray Classica by Stingray.
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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 since 2015 have been de Doelen concert hall and international congress centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (

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