Pieces of Tomorrow – The successful new format

Those of you who read my blog on a regular base know that I consider the re-connection with a young audience key to establish new relevance for symphonic music. Pieces of Tomorrow is a concert-format that has achieved exactly that. Reason enough to report about it. Pieces of Tomorrow started about four years ago. The Netherlands Radio … Continue reading Pieces of Tomorrow – The successful new format

How to implement change within the orchestra?

This is a vital question. And there is no meeting or conference without someone posing that question to me: How to implement change within the orchestra? From my perception there are two crucial ingredients to achieve change: (1) the orchestra's leadership has to be an active part of and encourage a change-process. (2) The process has … Continue reading How to implement change within the orchestra?

MCICM’s new leader asks to share experiences and knowledge

Together with Veerle Spronck and Prof. Peter Peters, I presented first results of the academic research of the MCICM and future projects of the Institute at the Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam today. Most importantly Peter asked the audience present to share their experiences and knowledge with the institute. The MCICM welcomes to receive information about all … Continue reading MCICM’s new leader asks to share experiences and knowledge

‘The Researching Orchestra’ at the Classical:NEXT 2018

Under the titel "The Researching Orchestra" I will chair a session at the Classical:NEXT conference  on May 17, 2018 in Rotterdam. I will talk about the steps the South Netherlands Philharmonic has taken to prepare for renewal and innovation. It is also the first opportunity to meet Prof. Peter Peters, the first professor for Innovation … Continue reading ‘The Researching Orchestra’ at the Classical:NEXT 2018

Peter Peters will lead the MCICM

The search procedure for the first professor to lead the Maastricht Center for the Innovation of Classical Music was succesful: Dr. Peter Peters will become the first personality to lead the institute as Distinguished University Professor for Innovation in Classical Music from september 1st, 2018 onwards.   My warmest congretulations to Peter. This is an excellent choice and … Continue reading Peter Peters will lead the MCICM

Two types of innovation – a suggestion

This week I attended the 'Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz' in Halle an der Saale to discuss issues of quality and innovation. And once again I stumbled across the confusion we have in our sector when we talk about innovation and renewal. Reason enough to bring forward a suggestion: I think it's very useful to differentiate between two types … Continue reading Two types of innovation – a suggestion

Classical:NEXT’s innovation award 2018 with focus on orchestras

The Classical:NEXT is awarding an innovation award every year. In 2018 the award shall be given to the most outstanding project with orchestras or large ensembles involved. A longlist has been published the other day: On that list are 28 projects that have been chosen by 23 experts from around the globe. Actually, the experts have named their … Continue reading Classical:NEXT’s innovation award 2018 with focus on orchestras

Chronicle of a digital era

The Oranjewoud festival - a small festival, based in the North of the Netherlands, under the artistic leadership of Yoram Ish-Hurwitz - is currently preparing an edition that will focus on the impact of the digital era on the arts  - and especially: classical music. The festival says: "Since the first edition in 2012, we have been … Continue reading Chronicle of a digital era

Who is the orchestra?

The South Netherlands Philharmonic has just answered that question. It published the official orchestra foto for the year 2018 in which the musicians and the staff-members are standing side-by-side.  This is a quite a step. The traditional definition of the symphony orchestra considers the musicians (plus sometimes the conductor) as the orchestra. The staf is … Continue reading Who is the orchestra?

Search procedure for the first professor for Innovation of Classical Music

I reported earlier about my initiative to found the Maastricht Center for the Innovation of Classical Music as a cooperation between the University of Maastricht, Hogeschool Zuyd and the South Netherlands Philharmonic. Today the search for the personality to become the first Professor on Innovation of Classical Music started. Here is the full profile of … Continue reading Search procedure for the first professor for Innovation of Classical Music