18 January 2024

13:00 - 13:15

Welcome and introduction to the AHRC Network: aims, activities, and headline findings 
Stephanie Pitts, Director Sheffield Performer & Audience Research Centre (SPARC), Sheffield University & Peter Peters, Director Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM), Maastricht University (symposium organisers)

13:15 - 13:55

Classical music ecologies in three focus cities:
•    Birmingham, UK: Kirsty Devaney, Birmingham City University
•    Graz, Austria: Constanze Wimmer, University for Music and Performing Art Graz
•    Leeds, UK: Karen Burland, University of Leeds

13:55 - 14:00

Short break

14:00 - 15:00

Invited speakers
•    Sarah Price, The University of Liverpool: What do we know about classical music audiences?
•    Karolien Dons, Prins Claus Conservatoire Groningen: Confusing, questioning and catalysing. An ecological perspective on the transdisciplinary practice of musicians in healthcare
•    Paul Craenen: Royal Conservatoire The Hague: The role of the Royal Conservatoire in the cultural ecology of The Hague

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:50

Discussion groups on the following topics:
•    Classical music ecologies: learning to collaborate locally, nationally and internationally
•    Music Education: musicians of tomorrow
•    Hidden Musicians: connecting local professionals and amateurs
•    Digital Transformations: developing hybrid and experimental concert formats
•    Making research useful: bridging practice and academia
•    Values and Qualities: defining what 'good' classical music is for today’s audiences

15:50 - 16:20

Reporting back on possible futures

16:20 - 16:30

Book launch: Futuring Classical Music. Practices of Innovation (Eds. Neil T. Smith, Peter Peters & Karoly Molina), Open Book Publishers