Networked Innovation in Classical Music: Collaborative Ecologies in Creative Cities
In a collaboration between SPARC and the Maastricht Centre for Innovation in Classical Music (MCICM), this network aims to bring together classical music researchers, practitioners and audiences in seven cities across the UK, The Netherlands and Austria.
With funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), we will explore our selected cities, looking at how the universities, conservatoires, and musical organisations in each place can share their vision for classical music in the locality.
To create a network of academics and practitioners with ambitions to strengthen and innovate the classical music sector to face the challenges of the decades ahead.
To effect meaningful change in the cities where the network is focused and build partnerships for future collaborative working.
To create a model for working across cultural ecologies to enrich the lives of students, musicians and audiences in the classical music sector.
To share knowledge and good practice nationally and internationally, to increase the ability of educational and musical institutions to respond to the challenges facing classical music and its audiences.
An online launch meeting with the lead academics and advisory board was held to shape our ideas and consider the usefulness of the network to the classical music organisations in each city. Following this, we are considering how to encourage the sharing of ideas in each location, across themes including musical careers and opportunities, urban spaces and connections, cultural value, and audience development.
14th & 15th September 2023
The AHRC Network on Innovation in Classical Music welcomed PhD students and early career researchers in audience and cultural policy studies to a two day symposium in Sheffield. Details of the symposium and notes from our discussions are available here.
October 2023 - January 2024
City research: surveys, conversations and group discussions with music makers and organisations in each of our seven focus cities.
Follow @SPARCsheffield on Twitter for updates on our progress and activities.
Our lead academics are working with us to build networks in their cities, and to contribute their expertise in music education, audience research and musical careers.
Denise Petzold MCICM
Martin Tröndle Experimental Concert Research project
Jutta Toelle Experimental Concert Research project
Ben Walmsley Centre for Cultural Value
Michelle Phillips Royal Northern College of Music
Paul Craenen Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Tom Spurgin Manchester Collective / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Neil Tòmas Smith MCICM / University of Edinburgh
Madeleine Pill Urban Studies, University of Sheffield
Abi Gilmore Arts Management and Cultural Policy, University of Manchester
Kate Blackstone Young Classical Artists’ Trust