Why Classical Music Connects?
Whether you’re a fan of classical music or not – whatever the definition of the genre these days – unless you’ve stopped reading the newspapers, watching TV, listening to the radio and have no broadband access, you will know that the buzz in industry globally continues to be…
“Change – do not get left behind, be a part of it!”
While the rest of planet developed and advanced at a frantic pace over 200 years, classical music sadly remained in a state of suspended animation with it’s roots doggedly set down in 19th century convention.
The economic crisis of 2008 was not only a big wake up call for the world to radically reinvent this and other outmoded systems that were no longer beneficial to 99% of the human race but also started forcing classical music out of what some would describe as its “elitist” bubble without – horrors – a tried and tested blueprint.
2008 was also the year when I decided to return to the music profession.
After finding out what was going on in the industry worldwide, I felt compelled to come up with something which I felt would help bring about lasting, sustainable change. The embryonic idea for Classical Music Connects was conceived and in fact sums up the essence of all I believe – collaboration, community, connection.
So What’s This All About?
Classical Music Connects – which originally launched as Get Mazza to America in July 2011 – has evolved from being a one person project with a set end date to an ongoing much wider collaboration with like-minded inspiring musicians across five countries.
Offering low-cost gigs and workshops at unconventional venues across 2 continents, we’ll be live-streaming performances and make recordings available for all to watch and enjoy.
Classical Music Connects is designed to be completely self-sustainable and, being passionate that classical music is directly relevant financially as well as spiritually to communities across the globe, 20% of event proceeds are destined for good causes local to event venues.
Everybody benefits in a tangible way – the musicians, the venues, local communities and small neighbourhood charities.
The Heart of the Project – Collaboration, Community and Connection
Classical Music Connects does not rely on subsidies or gifts from patrons.
Its continuing existence is a result of simple grass roots team work coupled with implementing and experimenting with new business models.
Jenni Pinnock – Composer
FRANCE AND BELGIUM
Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont – Piano
Daniel Hay- Composer
Audience Development Specialists - Shoshana Fanizza
Rosebrook Classical - David Weuste
Good causes will be chosen depending on the location of the venue and the most needy charities closest to them.