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Scotland at Classical:NEXT 2018

Published: 25 Apr 2018

Classical:Next - photo by Eric Van Nieuwland

Over 1200 music industry professionals will gather in Rotterdam from 16 - 19 May 2018 for Classical:NEXT, the world’s biggest contemporary classical showcase and expo.

Held in the De Doelen concert hall complex, the event will showcase new music from all over the world, while the trade fair is essentially a market for products, for music and for ideas. With over ninety trade fair stands, Scotland will be in prime position at Stand 12, led by a team from the Scottish Music Centre and for the first time, will feature an artist delegation, supported by Creative Scotland.

Scottish-based emerging composers and musicians will have the opportunity to highlight their music, build their contacts and network with the classical music sector on a global scale. Artist attending include Jay Capperauld, Richard Greer (Glasgow New Music Expedition), Karen MacIver & Hilary Brooks (Piano Piano), Ailie Robertson and Sean Shibe.

Gill Maxwell, Executive Director of Scottish Music Centre, said: “Scotland has a vibrant contemporary classical scene, a calendar bursting with internationally renowned new music festivals, and creators and artists working in new, exciting, collaborative ways across traditional classical, experimental and improvisation.  I’m delighted to be out in Rotterdam next month to promote our wealth of talent to our international colleagues.”

Clare Hewitt, Music Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Creative Scotland is delighted to support this delegation of talented Scottish artists and music creators.  Their work shows the diversity of artistic practice being cultivated in Scotland right now, taking Classical to the next level.”

Alongside Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland, delegates from several other organisations will also be representing Scotland and connecting with international colleagues, including Cryptic, Delphian Records, Dunedin Consort, Glasgow New Music Expedition, Linn Records, Live Music Now Scotland, Red Note Ensemble, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ensemble.

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Music Centre

Scottish Music Centre runs youth music projects Hit The Road and Musicplus+, and Artist Talent Development programme IGNITE. The centre is also a membership organisation , with over 100 composers / creative businesses as members and a registered Charity, national hub and information point, representing all areas of the industry and delivering a wide range of services and events to musicians in Scotland. SMC is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner and Help Musicians UK National Grants Programme Awardee. Visit http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com Follow @scottishmusic and www.facebook.com/scottishmusiccentre

About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

About Classical:NEXT

Classical:NEXT is the most important classical music gathering in the world, unifying the global classical and art music scene, enabling it to work better together. The focus is on innovation, increasing relevance and effectiveness in both business and creative aspects of the industry. In addition, Classical:NEXT aims to push for positive change within the professional scene as well as society as a whole. www.classicalnext.com Follow us @classicalnext | www.facebook.com/classicalnext