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

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

The Hamburg Conference about Leadership and Innovation

The German Association for Arts Management had invited to an international conference  to discuss issues of Leadership and Innovation. The conference took place in Hamburg from January 17 to 19, 2018. The conference presented an international collection of speakers to present views and aspect on the subject from the scientific point of view. Along to … Continue reading The Hamburg Conference about Leadership and Innovation

German minister allocates 5,4 million Euro’s for orchestra innovation

UPDATE: Monika Grütters, Germany's federal minister of culture, has announced a substantial amount of money to help orchestras to innovate. A paper describing the support program has been published on the website of the ministry of culture. Major elements are: (1) Only orchestra's settled in Germany that receive regular public funding can apply. Orchestra's on … Continue reading German minister allocates 5,4 million Euro’s for orchestra innovation

Germany’s “Most Innovative Orchestra of the Year”

The Deutsche Orchester Stiftung in Berlin has announced an award for "The Most Innovative Orchestra of the Year” (Innovatives Orchester des Jahres). Professional orchestra’s who work at least 32 weeks a season in Germany can apply. With the award the foundation wants to give more publicity to the continuing search for renewal that is already … Continue reading Germany’s “Most Innovative Orchestra of the Year”

Centre for Innovation of Classical Music settles in Maastricht

On April 19, 2017 the University of Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the South Netherlands Philharmonic officially launched the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM). The initiative for the MCICM was taken by Stefan Rosu, intendant of the South Netherlands Philharmonic. The Centre is a worldwide unique initiative. The MCICM … Continue reading Centre for Innovation of Classical Music settles in Maastricht

The Personal Portfolio Concept supports Change

What is the task and what are the responsibilities of an orchestra musician? Is the role model that is used by most established orchestras in the world still apt for the future? Or do we need to adapt that model? These very important question for everyone who is running an orchestra these days. They are … Continue reading The Personal Portfolio Concept supports Change

A fresh format called i-classics in NL

The South Netherlands Philharmonic introduces a new concert format in march 2017: The orchestra promises a surprising and interdisciplinary journey through todays word of art and technology. The format shall attract a wide public that wants the extraordinary. i-classics Music & Theatre can be seen from March 22nd to 24th in Eindhoven, Maastricht and Tilburg/ The Netherlands. The … Continue reading A fresh format called i-classics in NL

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