Bron: Classical:NEXT Newsletter 
14 May 2020

All Systems Go

We are now only days away from kicking off the Classical:NEXT online content and we hope that you are looking forward to it as much as we are! For a full list of everything we have going on, please head over to the Schedule Overview on the Classical:NEXT website. With Mentoring Sessions, Regional and Sector Meet Ups for Networks, Public Talks and Conference Sessions, the online content offers insights and learning opportunities for all sectors of the global art music community. And we have musical performances lined up for you too!

All the sessions have been made possible thanks to your ideas and enthusiasm and great sense of team work together with the Classical:NEXT team. All sessions are free to attend and made available to the entire art music community. For all those intending to take part, we ask you to consider supporting us so that Classical:NEXT can continue its activities and help the community further.

Online Sessions

Classical:NEXT is pleased to present an array of Meet Ups for Networks, also beginning 18 May 2020. Meet Ups allow established or emerging networks to get together, brainstorm, develop ideas and connect with potential members or partners.
  • Global Orchestra Sector Meet Up
  • Mid-Sized Ensemble Sector Meet Up
  • Latin America Regional Meet Up
  • Asia Pacific Regional Meet Up
  • Festival Sector Meet Up hosted by EFA
  • DIY Sector Meet Up
Ann Doyle will also be giving a presentation entitled What is Internet2? This session is highly recommended for those working in tech, research and higher music education. Find out more.

Register your attendance for these sessions through the Classical:NEXT website.

An additional Mentoring Sessionshave also been made available:

  • Post-Genre Music Under Quarantine, and Beyond
Sign Up for Mentoring Sessions Now

Live Streams

Stay tuned for not one, but two very exciting live streams taking place on the official Classical:NEXT Facebook page.
Curious to know what Classical:NEXT is like?
Join us for the Transcontinental Coffee & Cocktail Hour and find out! Director Jennifer Dautermann mixes and mingles with representatives from the North American, European and Asian art music scenes.
Friday, 15 May 2020
15:00 CET (13GMT)
I’ll Tune In

Classical:NEXT Public Talk

In a very special online Public Talk, president of Deutsche Grammophon,Dr. Clemens Trautmann, sits down with James Jolly, editor in chief of Gramophone Magazine. Get a front row seat to an insightful conversation, streaming online on:
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
17:30 CET (15:30 GMT)
See the Facebook Event page for more information.
Tell Me More

Face Masks for Art Music

When the Coronavirus pandemic brought concert halls and opera houses to a halt, the recipient of the 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award did what she does best: innovate. Music journalist, opera critic, teacher, founder of Umculo and now – maker of masks. Shirley Apthorp is honing her creative skills and using them for good, setting up her latest project: Funky Face Masks. Classical:NEXT caught up with Shirley to see what she has been up to. Read more here.

Get your own mask and help support the music scene in South Africa.

For the first time ever, Classical:NEXT will stream the Innovation Award.

Hosted by Mischa Kreiskott of NDR Kultur, the ceremony will honour this year’s top three recipients, as voted for by the Classical:NEXT global community. The award recognises the most forward-thinking initiatives and projects from around the world.

Tune in via the Classical:NEXT websiteon:

20 May 2020
13 GMT (09:00 EST/15:00 CET)

and find out who from the list of nominees will be awarded.


ISPA – Pitch New Works

The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) and host Anthony Sargent CBE (CEO of Luminato Festival Toronto) invite you to attend a free online viewing of ISPA’s Pitch New Works on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00 am EDT.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other global industry colleagues from the comfort of your home and discover together 10 performing arts projects reflective of the innovative work taking place across Taiwan, the Asian region, and the globe.

Click here to unlock an invitation and get your e-ticket today.


The Polish foundation TAK, together with partners, have opened a short video competition Musique est une femme around the stereotypes around the creative capabilities of women. Express your opinion in the form of a short video, or just a meme. There are a few monetary prizes available: the public prize chosen in an online voting and three prizes selected by the jury.

Find out more about the competition or check out the Facebook page. The deadline to submit is 31 August 2020.

Photo credits for this mail (in order of appearance, top and left column first): Innovation Award Classical:NEXT 2018 by Eric van Nieuwland; Expo 3 Classical:NEXT 2017 by Eric van Nieuwland; Innovation Award Logo by Classical:NEXT; Interview with Shirley Apthorp by Aliena Haig; Opening Night Classical:NEXT 2019 by Eric van Nieuwland; James Jolly Clemens Trautmann Collage by Jana Schneider; ISPA by ISPA; Musique est une femme video by TAK.
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