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Why I started this blog

How can we make classical music - and especially symphonic music -more attractive for contemporary audiences?  The classical symphony orchestra seems to be old-fashioned and worn out at the beginning of the 21st century. And although many young people actually like classical music and listen to it with pleasure - f.e.in films and games - they are … Continue reading Why I started this blog

Unknown orchestras win Germany’s innovation award 2018

The Orchester des Nordharzer Städtebundtheaters Halberstadt won the price for Germany's most innovative orchestra of the year 2018. According to the jury this price was awarded for the orchestra's 'Komponistenwerkstatt' (composers workshop), a project in which schoolboys and -girls of a very young age are given the opportunity to rehearse and perform their work in concerts. … Continue reading Unknown orchestras win Germany’s innovation award 2018

The ONSTAGE app brings you closer to the stage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7al4DXT_NI   Imagine that you are sitting in a concert-hall enjoying one of your favorite piano-concertos. The sound is great. Only the view could be better: Pity that I can't see the pianist's hands and his face, the conductor and the concert-master. A new app developed in Poland offers now a solution. The concertgoer can look … Continue reading The ONSTAGE app brings you closer to the stage

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

Handbuch Kulturmanagement

For those of you who read German the 'Handbuch Kulturmanagement' edited by Christian Loock, Gereon Röckrath and Oliver Scheyt is available via a new platform. I wrote two articles for this compendium: Strategieentwicklung für Berufsorchester - Die kritischen Punkte im Prozess Innovative Produktentwicklung im Berufsorchester - Wie das Ausschöpfen aller Kernkompetenzen zur verbesserten Kundenorientierung beiträgt-Wie das … Continue reading Handbuch Kulturmanagement

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