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Conference Sessions

The core of our conference are the interactive conference sessions selected by our international jury. Network meetings, presentations and our mentoring complete the conference programme.

Click here for a list of Conference sessions that will take place at Classical:NEXT 2016


Network Meetings

Classical:NEXT provides professional, international networks with a platform for their meetings and the chance to get together, connect with other delegates to broaden the network and develop ideas.



Book 15-minute consultations or roundtable consultations, both free of charge, with our special mentors from various fields and occupations. For more information, see the Mentoring page.

The mentoring sessions were extremely well attended last year. Check the Classical:NEXT newsletter to be informed when next years mentoring sessions are available for booking   first come first served.


All formats will be presented in English.

The conference sessions are selected from a multitude of proposals by an independent jury.

For further information and to share your views please do not hesitate to contact

The Classical:NEXT Conference 2015: Trends, Solutions and Lively Debates

This year's conference programme spanned the musical landscape, giving participants an in-depth, 360 degree view of topics and issues currently driving the music world. 72 expert speakers from 16 countries led more than 30 sessions across formats such as conferences, network meetings, presentations, one-to-one and roundtable mentoring sessions.

The highlights included: an analysis of the classical music business model by Mark Pemberton (Association of British Orchestras, UK) and Claire Mera-Nelson (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK); forecasting how music and arts will look in the year 2050 with Jeffrey Kimpton (Interlochen Center for the Arts, US) and

Michael Thurber (CDZA Inc, US); an exploration into music for small children held by Abigail Pogson (Spitalfields Music, UK), Dr. Martina Taubenberger (KulturKonzepte, Germany) and Andrea Apostoli (Associaione Italiana Gordon per l'Apprendimento Musicale, Italy); a workshop by Edgar Barroso (Musitivity, Mexico/Switzerland) looking at how involving players from other fields – like mathematics, law and astrophysics – could create new audiences for classical; and Paul Bräuer (Piranha Arts, Germany), Lukas Krohn-Grimberghe (Grammofy, Germany/UK), Philippe Watel (MusiCHI, France/Greece) and Katie Ferguson (The Orchard, UK) discussed how metadata could be used to make music more accessible to listeners.

A Network Meeting looking at ways to best promote classical music using digital tools was a late addition to the programme while the popular one-to-one mentoring formats returned this year, allowing delegates to receive personalised insight and advice on a range of subjects, including how to reach out to media in France and best practices for music marketing.


Here are a selection of interviews with Classical:NEXT 2015 conference speakers, recorded at the event by You can see more, and read more about's coverage, at their website.