At Classical:NEXT 2017 PRS Foundation supported Chineke! Orchestra to attend and perform Errollyn Wallen’s Concerto Grosso for solo piano, violin, double bass and strings at the opening ceremony including soloists Tai Murray (violin), Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano) and Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE (double bass), and conducted by Shaun Matthew. The Classical:NEXT 2017 Opening is supported by Chineke!, The GREAT Britain campaign, British Council, PRS Foundation, and Sphinx Organization.
PRS Foundation and Classical Next are also continuing a Fellowship Partnership scheme created in 2016, to give composers the opportunity to attend the Classical Next conference in 2017. This year there are 5 partners involved, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and ourselves in the UK, with the potential for 12 or more artists and composers to be part of the fellowship network .
As part of this partnership PRS Foundation are supporting 3 UK based Composers to be put forward for this fellowship scheme for 2017. This will include the cover of their travel, accommodation and fees for their delegate pass to the conference, which will be held in Rotterdam on 17th – 20th May 2017.
The 2017 fellows are:
The 2016 fellows were:
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While at Classical Next the composers will be matched with a professional mentor, who will be able to advise them on how to get the most out of their time at the conference.
Chosen Fellows will have the opportunity to meet delegates from the conference including classical music labels, publishers, festivals and representatives from ensembles. This conference will provide an invaluable environment to network with the international classical community, and fellows will also be able to attend panel discussions and showcases.
The Executive Director of the PRS Foundation, Vanessa Reed will be attending the conference, speaking on a panel discussing the need for recordings for composers and Naomi Belshaw, Grants and Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation will be there to support the UK Classical Next fellows.