ABO Appoints Award Winning Violinist to Board
The Association of British Orchestras 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.
The ABO Board has four co-opted Directors in addition to the eight orchestral Directors and following the retirement of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, Principal Double Bass of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Board felt that it was important to maintain the voice of the orchestral musician in its work and deliberations.
Catherine Arlidge has served on the Board of her own orchestra, the CBSO, as an elected player representative.
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of the Liverpool Philharmonic and Chair or the ABO said: “We are delighted to welcome Cath Arlidge onto the ABO board. As well as her personal qualities she brings her knowledge and experience as a musician in one of our leading orchestras, and as a leading practitioner of music education work.
Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE was a superb Board member and demonstrated how invaluable it is for the ABO to have the professional musician’s perspective on the Board. We are grateful to Chi-chi for all her work, and are delighted to have found such an outstanding replacement in Cath.”
Catherine Arlidge said: ‘I am thrilled to have been asked to join the board of the ABO. In Britain we have such an enormous wealth of talent and potential within our orchestras. It will be very exciting for me to be part of the ABO’s mission to create a vibrantly creative future for our musicians and our society.’