Classical:NEXT is the world’s biggest contemporary classical showcase and expo.

2019's edition takes place In Rotterdam from 15-18 May, where Scotland will be represented alongside over 30 countries from five continents.

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.

Artists attending in 2019

Scotland is holding a trade fair stall this year, led by a team from the Scottish Music Centre, and will feature an artist delegation supported by Creative Scotland.

Josh Armstrong

Josh is an interdisciplinary director concerned with the production of performance at the verge of music, theatre, and visual art—including staged concerts, contemporary opera, and music theatre. Josh has been a Cryptic Artist since 2011, presenting performance in an array of contexts from small-scale national touring; to opera house-sized productions; to large-scale outdoor events for thousands of viewers in performances across Scotland and internationally. In 2018, Josh founded Objet-a Creative Studio looking for new pathways to produce hybrid art forms at the forefront of music and performance. Josh is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BA(Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice programme and guest lectures on the BMus programmes.  Find out more:

Emily Doolittle

Canadian-born, Glasgow-based composer Emily Doolittle’s music has been described as “eloquent and effective” (The WholeNote), “masterful” (Musical Toronto), and “the piece that grabbed me by the heart” (The WholeNote). Recent activities include the premiere of Reedbird by the Vancouver Symphony, performances of her chamber opera Jan Tait and the Bear by Ensemble Thing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, the commission and premiere of Woodwings by the Fifth Wind Quintet in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of their Forecasting the Canadian Wind project, and the release of her CD all spring on the Composers Concordance label. She is currently an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Find out more:

Oliver Searle

Oliver is a Glasgow-based composer and educator and is currently Acting Head of Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has written a wide variety of works for many professional, amateur, youth and theatre organisations, which have been broadcast and performed around the world, and is interested in developing new environments for new music, collaborating with other artists and organisations to find ways to communicate to new audiences. Recent endeavours include: Microscopic Dances, a large-scale, inclusive work for digital orchestra created in collaboration with Drake Music Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (winner of a British Composer Award 2018); Sauchiehall, an orchestral piece for an App, written for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; residencies in South Korea, most recently working on an interdisciplinary project - Pilgrim of Curiosity - with Eunju Shin Dance Company and a light artist, in Busan. Find out more:

Sonic Bothy (represented by Claire Docherty)

Sonic Bothy Ensemble (SBE) is an award-winning, innovative, inclusive new music ensemble bringing together musicians with an additional learning support need and non-disabled professional musicians to compose and perform new music. Working to define new ideas/directions in collaborative composition, this music is a unique blend of free and fixed compositions. With artistic interests spanning improvisation, aleatoricism, minimalism, early music and electroacoustic composition, the ensemble seeks new territory in composing for a diverse instrumentation that includes strings, percussion, voice, synth, harmonium, harpsichord, piano, electronics and glass. Formed in 2012, Sonic Bothy has appeared at many of Scotland's new and experimental music festivals and venues, including Counterflows (2014), Sound Festival (2015), Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Festival (2012/ 2013/ 2015/ 2018), and regularly at CCA, Mono and Glasgow City Halls.  Residencies include Sound Festival (2014) and AC Projects/ CCA residency (2015). Sonic Bothy was awarded the UK 'Paritor Award for New Music in Education' by the National Music Council (2014), and shortlised in March 2018 for the Scottish Award for New Music Community/ Education award.  Find out more:

Simon Thacker

Simon Thacker, BMus(Hons), PGDipMus, MMus (Distinction), is a composer, classical guitarist, improviser and ensemble leader. As well as touring as a classical guitar soloist, he has developed some of today’s most prescient ensembles: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti, a world leading Indo-Western collective which has seen him tour and collaborate at major festivals in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, including for an audience of 60 000 in Dhaka and at The Sacred Pushkar, one of the region’s biggest sacred music festivals; Simon Thacker's Ritmata, his musical laboratory with three of Europe’s leading improvisers; Karmana with Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska, a new vision for chamber music; and Songs of the Roma with Justyna and Roma Gypsy singer/violinist Masha Natanson, a new Romany musical journey. All of these groups have been selected for the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase, exclusively feature Simon's music and have recently recorded albums.  His music has been played on radio in over 50 countries.  He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the RSNO. Simon's latest album release is "Trikala" by Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti, a double album recorded over three years in Scotland, Kolkata and Chennai featuring 13 leading performers from Hindustani, Carnatic and Western classical music, Punjabi folk and the mystical spiritual Baul music of Bengal. Simon is Head of Classical Guitar at Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College. Find out more: