• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

Get together, brainstorm, discuss, develop and find new members. Classical:NEXT provides professional networks from all across the globe with a platform for their meetings.

Presentations can be booked by any delegate wishing to introduce a particular topic to the Classical:NEXT audience.


Network meetings:


IAMIC – a Catalyst and Facilitator of European and International Projects

How the Minstrel Project is enhancing musical mobility

Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 10:00-10:45 | MAK Lounge

Co-ordinated by An-Heleen De Greef (Belgium), Executive manager, IAMIC
with Kostas Moschos (Greece), Director of IEMA (GMIC) and project leader

In this session, the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) will demonstrate through
an initiative of a collaborative EU project realised by several MICs, how music information centres can
help to enhance the mobility of artists and promote musical works. Minstrel Project is implemented by
12 cultural organisations and aims to support the circulation of new works and enhance the mobility of
musicians. It includes an internet platform where any ‘owner’ of a musical product in digital form (composers, performers, archives) can distribute their content at any nominated price. The project also includes a European database of music ensembles, music organisers and promoters, showcases for music ensembles and several transnational events such as Music Exchanges between countries, music residencies, festivals etc.

Social Action Through Music: El Sistema Initiatives around the World

Sistema Europe presents recent developments

Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 11:00-11:45 | MAK Lounge

co-ordinated by Marshall Marcus (UK), Chairman, Sistema Europe
with Etienne Abelin (Switzerland), Team member, Sistema Europe

What are you interested in relation to El Sistema or the network Sistema Europe? What questions - general or relating to your organization - would you like us to address or develop with you? Feel free to send an Email to admin@sistemaeurope.org or just bring your questions to the networking session.

Sistema Europe was formed in February 2012 to promote work in Europe inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary music education system El Sistema. The organisation currently has more than two dozen member organisations in 18 European countries (Armenia, Austria, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the UK, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey). In this session, members of the Sistema Europe leadership team will introduce El Sistema, its values, its methodology and its various adaptations around the world. Delegates will also learn how to get involved with existing local Sistema Europe initiatives and how to initiate new projects.

PR Agencies Network Meeting

Adapting to a changing media environment

Friday, 31 May 2013 | 10:00-10:45 | MAK Lounge

Co-ordinated by Philip Krippendorff (US/Germany), Senior PR consultant, artefakt Classica

Newspapers and magazines are closing down and digital media is fast becoming our most important and influential method of communication. At the same time, there are more accomplished and interesting artists on the scene than ever before. Where does this leave the PR agents and how can they adapt to this new media environment? In this session, major German PR agencies will get together to discuss the issues that are vital to their work and success, not only comparing experiences but also exchanging ideas on how to be as flexible, client-oriented and innovative as possible. Topics covered will include copyright concerns, international links and finance. This meeting is also open to PR specialists and agencies based outside of Germany.




Blu-ray Pure Audio

Blu-ray: the future high-end audio format

Friday 31 May 2013 | 11:00-12:00 | MAK Lounge

Presented by Ralf Combrink (Germany), Sales manager, audio, arvato Entertainment
with Bashar Shammout (Germany), Sound engineer, arvato Entertainment

It won’t be long before most households have a Blu-ray player. So why are we not using this high-end audio format to create the perfect sound experience for our customers? In this presentation, arvato Entertainment’s Ralf Combrink and Bashar Shammout will demonstrate why Blu-ray is the audio format of the future. Blu-ray pure audio can be played through a television without any extra equipment – the standard Blu-ray video player is specified for high-resolution surround sound audio. The sound can be manipulated though remote control functions like play, pause, stop, fast-forward and rewind, and the number keys can be used to select any track on the disc. Several different audio formats can be stored on a Blu-ray disc; it is even possible to have more than one format on the same disc.