2014-02-20 Conference Programme and Additional Stands


Dear music lovers,

Our daytime schedule of 25 conference sessions and 6 video showcases is now online, featuring sessions on new technologies, audience development and much much more. So now you know what will be happening when, you can arrange your personal meetings using our databse C:N NET featuring all the contacts you need:


The who-is-coming list of the third edition Classical:NEXT is online as well. Those who have not registered yet have until Friday, 7 March to take advantage of the reduced Guide Rate. Note that the reduced Guide Rate for delegates is available until 7 March! Only if you register by then, you will be listed in the printed Classical:NEXT Guide!

If you already are registered, it is time to book you hotel. Be quick, before the best hotels are fully booked:


Kind regards,
Paul Bräuer


Additional Stands Available | Who-Is-Coming list online


Three months before Classical:NEXT starts, over 350 delegates
from more than 30 countries have already registered for the leading
classical music meeting. With its practical conference sessions and
video showcases, Classical:NEXT attracts an increasing number of
professionals from the live and education sectors.

Expo stands are particularly in high demand with bookings already now exceeding the numbers of previous year by a third. These figures would mean all expo stands would be booked even in light of an extension of the expo space at the MAK (Austrian Museum for Applied Arts). In response to this, we have released a small, additional contingent of stands - first come first served!

Note that the reduced Guide Rate for delegates is available until 7 March! Only if you register by then, you will be listed in the printed Classical:NEXT Guide!

List of registered participants and companies



Video Showcases 2014


In addition to the conference and the evening showcase concerts, six
video showcases have been selected for Classical:NEXT 2014, where they will be presented in a slightly new format. Representatives from large ensembles or complex productions will undertake short, group
presentations to provide a quick glance at their work, be it a
performed reenactment of a renaissance portrayal of Orlando di Lasso,
a “4D opera” about Nikola Tesla or a concert series for the deaf and
hearing-impaired by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, represented by Suzanne Hay:

“This exciting new project enabled us to explore working with a new
audience. During the showcase our trumpeter Andy Everton and I will
share personal stories of the participants and our video will feature
clips from the concerts as well as key interviews from artists and the
audience. Having attended the first Classical:NEXT in Munich, I very
much look forward to returning in 2014 and to sharing our journey.”

The Video Showcases





koblanck_by_aleksandra_pawloff._200 Conference speaker Astrid Koblanck of Universal Editionphoto by Aleksandra Pawloff

Classical music never veers too far from the path of invention as we have pinted out in a blog of the international arts manager magazine recently. Nowhere will this drive to break the mould be more palpable than at Classical:NEXT. The latest round of programme updates are a testament to this. 25 sessions with international expert speakers from a broad range of topics equally attractive for the live, the recording, the educational and more sectors...

Overview and details of all confirmed conference sessions including dates and times!

We believe that this great programme will really establish Classical:NEXT as a platform for the development of new formats, joint initiatives across sectors and the exchange of new tools and methods. Do you want to know a little more?:

William Norris of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will speak about its nightly concert series, The Night Shift, aimed at a younger audience while the director of Wigmore Hall, John Gilhooly OBE, and the
director of the Konzerthaus Vienna, Matthias Naske, will join journalist Carsten Dürer to discuss the opportunities offered within special concert programmes that are tailored to an older audience. Franz Patay of the International Music + Media Centre (IMZ) will explain how to successfully finance your audio-visual music production.


A key aspect of the conference will be engagement from as well as analysis of the audience: Mark Pemberton of the Association of British Orchestras will ask “Who’s listening?” and illustrate how you can
learn more about your audience and thus better argue the public value of your work. Both Susanna Eastburn (Sound and Music) and Anna Kleeblatt (formerly Bavarian State Opera) will give insight into “big
data” analysis and digital databases and how they can help engage your audience as well as optimise your marketing.

The education sector will be equally present at Classical:NEXT. Andrea Thilo (TV moderator and producer of “Rhythm Is It”) and Kai-Michael Hartig of the Körber Foundation will invite delegates to an interactive group discussion on the relation of educational and business aspects at music companies or concert halls, while Reiri Ray Kojima will organise an international network meeting of education and engagement professionals. Initiatives such as the journalism portal Sinfini will be put under the microscope and Etienne Abelin will introduce the music visualisation project “Music Animation Machine”:

"Classical:NEXT has really brought together a new community of classical music innovators. We are enjoying the many doors this has opened in the past years and I can't wait for this year's edition!"

The rich programme of Classical:NEXT is still not complete. The remaining sessions and concerts, a mentoring programme for one-to-one advice and roundtables are still to be announced as are the film
screenings, the public festival and the opening and closing artists.

The conference programme (including abstracts and bios) and daytime schedule

Kind regards,

your Classical:NEXT team