The very first Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme took place with great success in 2016. Two honourable institutions helped to facilitiate the Fellowship programme for young composers and performing artists. PRS for Music Foundation and Codarts both selected three outstanding talents and enabled them to visit Classical:NEXT 2016 in Rotterdam to engage with more than 1,000 classical music professionals.
Each fellow is paired with a seasoned professional and Classical:NEXT veteran (having been part of our community for years of attendance and year-round engagement). The Classical:NEXT insiders introduce these emerging professionals to the community (and vice versa), bringing them into personal contact with relevant individuals and companies as well as offering advice. The fellows are also represented online at the year-round contact platform C:N NET.
We were pleased that the Fellowships took place again for Classical:NEXT 2019. It included special pre-event workshops and preparation meetings, onsite networking help with "cN Insiders" and the option for roundtable mentorings.
For 2019, we were delighted to be working with five partner institutions:
The music making that gets done here, the fact that it's still classical, this is all classical, it's so entertaining and to see all these people so excited about making music in new ways, it's something I really have not experienced before and I'm glad to be part of this experience.
I really benefitted from the human connection that we make during Classical:NEXT. Of course this is an era of emails and fast communication and whatsapp, whatsoever, but just being able to sit with someone and have conversation face to face, that human connection is something that is extremely valuable to come into a conference like that. For me, it was meeting new people, exchanging ideas and having time for these ideas to grow and reconnecting with old friends.
It is with pleasure that we presented the fellows for Classical:NEXT 2019 with their paired C:N Insiders, who advised on-site:
For the first time in 2019, there was also the Classical:NEXT Fellowship Programme for Composers in partnership with the Dutch Composers Association Nieuw Geneco.