In the meantime they’ve turned into an institution. For years now, young people between 14 and 18 have been taking an active part in the activities of the Heidelberger Frühling as “Classic Scouts”. They are an integral part of the overall design and the task they have set themselves is to get other youngsters interested in the festival and classical music.
They provide introductions to some of the concerts and accompany classical-music novices on their first encounters with concert rituals. They interview performers and write articles for the Classic Scouts Journal appearing in the local Rhein-Neckar Zeitung newspaper. They experience performers first-hand at rehearsals, get-togethers and workshops, some of them in schools. And last but not least, they have an evening all their own in the framework of the festival, an event that they plan, arrange and organise from first to last. So it’s hardly surprising that the SWR (South-West German Broadcasting) teamed up with the Scouts to shoot a slot on 2014’s Frühling festival for the unconventional TV arts magazine “Kunscht!” and the jury of ECHO Klassik Award 2015 to honour the project as exemplary.
As of right now, they’ll be coming up with new ideas for next year’s Frühling and also venturing further afield into the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, partly in a collaborative project with the State Orchestra of the Rhineland-Palatinate. The funding has been donated by Heidelberg’s star trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich, who for the purpose has generously re-routed the monies from the Palatinate Prize he was recently awarded.
behind the scenes
Many thanks to SAS Institute GmbH.