ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

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For Immediate Use
 
25 November 2013
 
ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Association of British Orchestras today announced the election of two new board members.

Sophie Lewis, General Manager , Sinfonia Cymru and Andrew Connolly, General Manager, BBC Concert Orchestra were elected by the membership at the association’s annual general meeting this week. Peter Helps, Chief Executive, sinfonia ViVA was re-elected.

The vacancies were filled following the retirement from the ABO Board of Gavin Reid, Director, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra who had served on the ABO Board for 6 years, and Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE who had served for 5 years.

Andrew Connolly, who has previously served on the board, said: “I am delighted to once again be a member of the ABO Board and seeing how the issues faced during my previous tenure have developed across the sector.”

Sophie Lewis, from Cardiff based Sinfonia Cymru said: “I feel very privileged to be joining the ABO Board and am looking forward to working with my colleagues and contributing to its continued success”.

Michael Eakin, chair of the ABO said: “We are very grateful to Gavin Reid and Chi-chi Nwanoku for their significant contribution to the ABO Board over the last few years. Whilst sad to lose their expertise and commitment, I am delighted to welcome Sophie Lewis and Andrew Connolly who are superb additions to what is already a very strong Board, and one which represents the breadth of the British orchestral sector. I am also very pleased that Peter Helps has been re-elected and will continue to bring his considerable skills and commitment to our work.”


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 For more information please contact Keith Motson, Membership & Communications Manager, ABO
   

Notes to Editors:
ABO
The Association of British Orchestras, founded in 1947, is the national body representing the collective interests of professional and youth orchestras throughout the UK. The ABO’s mission is to enable and support a vibrant, innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector. It exists to support and champion professional and youth orchestras in the UK in their ambition to perform music to the highest artistic standards for the widest possible audience. www.abo.org.uk
 

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