Our vision is of a society where orchestral music is valued as a core component of contemporary life and culture

The ABO's mission is to enable and support a vibrant, innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector. It exists to support and champion professional orchestras in the UK in their ambition to perform music to the highest artistic standards for the widest possible audience.

The key objectives of the Association cover three areas of activity:

Using the framework of the mission statement, our key aspirations for 2012-2015 will be to deliver on these key objectives through:

  • 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.
  • 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. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy from the European Union, UK government, local government and devolved administrations, and advocate the value of public and private investment in the orchestral sector.
  • 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.

Strategic Plan for 2012-2015

A full copy of the ABO's Strategic Plan for 2012-15 can be downloaded here.