Connecting members to other members and the wider industry through networking opportunities, keeping our members well-informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and financial sustainability.

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Championing British orchestras and the wider membership, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public, through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins.

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Developing the skills and knowledge of our members’ staff, including providing and signposting to high quality professional development opportunities for all tiers of management and musicians.

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  • ABO releases Key Orchestra Data

    ABO releases Key Orchestra Data

    Survey finds audiences for orchestras up despite funding cuts Warning that orchestras’ finances squeezed by cheaper tickets and falling public investment

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    The ABO has appointed Catherine Arlidge, a violinist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, to its Board of Directors. Cath was recently awarded the ABO/RPS Salomon Prize which recognizes the extraordinary contribution made by a musician to their orchestra and which was awarded for her exceptional work with children and young people.

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  • Courses and seminars

    The ABO run courses in finance, fundraising and marketing. ABO Members can also access UK Theatre training programmes

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ABO Conference 2015The 2015 ABO Conference will take place from 28-30 January 2015 in Gateshead. It will be hosted by Sage Gateshead with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Bookings will open in the Autumn.
Family Arts FestivalJoin us for your autumn half term holidays and take part in the first ever UK-wide Festival of family friendly arts events. From music to theatre, to circus, art and dance, all events are designed for families to enjoy.
La PlayaThe ABO Insurance Scheme offers preferential rates and 10% “no claims rebate” on La Playa's Performing Arts Portfolio, a specialist policy for orchestras. Insurance can be obtained from as little as £530 including insurance premium tax.