We Are Next!

Letting the NEXT:generation take over in classical music

Hugo Ticciati, by Marco Borggreve
Remy van Kesteren, by Peter van der Heyden
Masa Spaan
Christiaan Kuyvenhoven
Quinten Peelen, by Allard Willemse
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 16 conference
  • date:26 May 2016
  • time:15:15 - 16:00
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:De Doelen, Conference Room 2 (fourth floor)
  • country:Netherlands
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

Moderated by C. Kuyvenhoven (The Netherlands), Certo Productions
with H. Ticciati (UK/Sweden), O/MODERNT
R. van Kesteren (The Netherlands), musician
M. Spaan (The Netherlands), Stadsschouwburg en De Vereeniging

Festivals, just as concert halls and orchestras, are striving for longevity and keeping classical music alive, looking for a new, younger audience. When trying to involve them, innovation seems key. If a young audience is a different audience, what should we be doing differently? And who might know better than the NEXT:generation of musicians and concert programmers?

If festivals are ‘an essential vehicle for the innovation and affirmation of daring artistic practices’, can we safely say our festivals are daring enough? Should we be more innovative when it comes to content, or form, or both? If we want to interest a younger audience, who can lead the way? Can young musicians bridge the gap?

This session was devised with Quinten Peelen.