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  • Linda Merrick joins the ABO Board

    Professor Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, is the first music conservatoire Principal to be appointed to the Board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) – the trade body which represents all UK professional and youth orchestras – at a critical time for the... Read more »

  • Sirens June 2018 Awards

    The ABO has announced its second year of its Sirens programme, awards made to raise awareness of historic women composers in orchestral programming. The successful applicants for funding in the 2019/20 season have devised distinctive projects with significant and/or repeat performances, and a pub... Read more »

  • RPS/ABO Salomon Prize 2018

    RPS/ABO Salomon Prize 2018

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra violinist David Rimbault has been awarded the 2018 RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians. Regarding this, the RPS and ABO said: 'David Rimbault is the embodiment of what the Salomon Prize is all about - an adept and enthusiastic navigator of modern ... Read more »

     
  • Celebrating 70 Years of British Orchestras

    Celebrating 70 Years of British Orchestras

    In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the ABO has created a special website with a timeline of achievements by the ABO and its members over the past 70 years, as well as information on British orchestras today. Read more »

     
  • ABO 70th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception

    ABO 70th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception

    On 13 March 2018 the Association of British Orchestras celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a parliamentary reception attended by Minister for Culture Michael Ellis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Tom Watson MP, and the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP. To read the press release, please click h... Read more »

     
  • ABO Awards 2018

    ABO Awards 2018

    The ABO Conference dinner on 25 January 2018 saw the presentation of ABO Awards and the ABO/Rhinegold Awards for Orchestra Manager, Concert Hall Manager and Artist Manager of the Year. For further details click here. Read more »

     
  • Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Gavin Reid, has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO).

    Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Gavin Reid, has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). He succeeds Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director of the LSO. Read more Read more »

  • ABO Announces 2017/18 cohort for the 'Find Your Way' programme

    The Association of British Orchestras has announced the 2017/18 cohort for the 'Find Your Way' programme, with new funding partnerships with Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England. Read the full press release here.  Read more »

  • ABO Announces First Awards From New ‘Sirens’ Fund

    The Association of British Orchestras has announced the first recipients from a new fund, ‘Sirens’, with four awards made to UK orchestras for projects to raise the awareness of historic women composers. Read the full press release here. Read more »

  • General Election Update

    GENERAL ELECTION: MANIFESTO BRIEFING The ABO’s public affairs consultants Connect Communications have produced a briefing summarising the key statements and policy proposals contained in the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP and Plaid Cymru manifestos. Read more »

  • RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

    RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

    London Symphony Orchestra violinist Lennox Mackenzie has been awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians for his “innate ability, love of music, generosity of spirit” and his “wisdom, strength of character, good judgement and diplomacy that has served the LSO well over so many yea... Read more »

     
  • General Election Statement

    SUPPORTING BRITAIN’S ORCHESTRAL SECTOR Read more »

  • ABO Awards 2017

    The ABO Conference dinner on 26 January 2017 saw the presentation of ABO Awards and the ABO/Rhinegold Awards for Orchestra Manager, Concert Hall Manager and Artist Manager of the Year. For further details click here  Read more »

  • THE STATE OF BRITAIN’S ORCHESTRAS IN 2016

    The ABO has published its latest statistics on British orchestras. The report shows the phenomenal achievements of the nation’s leading orchestras as they delivered more than 4,000 concerts and reached almost 5 million attendees and 900,000 children and young people amidst a 5% drop in total income. Read more »

  • PRS Foundation announces the Resonate pieces chosen by UK orchestras receiving support

    UK orchestras to champion 11 of the best pieces of British orchestral music from the past 25 years through PRS Foundation’s Resonate programme. Read more »

  • ABO CONFERENCE 2017

    ABO CONFERENCE 2017

    BOURNEMOUTH, 25-27 JANUARY 2017CONFERENCE THEME ‘DISRUPTION’ TO INCLUDE SESSIONS ON DIVERSITY, DIGITAL AND BREXIT Read more »

     
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