Find Your Way 2018-19

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     An annual programme of sector-specific mentoring, coaching and   placements for senior and emerging managers in ABO member organisations


Friday 22 - Sunday 24 February 2019, Snape Maltings

The ABO has six additional places for participants to join the six members of the Find Your Way 2018/19 cohort for a residential leadership training course at Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SP, from 12noon Friday 22 to 1.30pm Sunday 24 February 2019. The ABO is making available these places for ABO member organisations and welcomes applications from musicians. Applications from non-UK orchestras, through our international partnerships, will be considered. There will be a competitive selection process for the course and applications should be made by using the form below.

The three-day course will be led by professional coach and mentor, Richard Wigley, Managing Director of the Ulster Orchestra and Andy Beaumont, leadership trainer. Additional speakers/trainers, including Roger Wright, Chief Executive, Snape Maltings, will be involved in specific areas. Key areas to be covered will include leadership, creative programming, realising concepts, diversity: exploring the nature of self-limiting beliefs and how they can manifest themselves in the workplace; marketing, learning & participation, fundraising, coaching and presentation skills, financial sustainability, organisational culture and managing workload.

Criteria for selection
All places on the course will offered following an application process. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 21 January 2019.

Cost of the residential course
£675+ VAT (ABO members) £855+ VAT (non-UK orchestras)

What does the cost include?
Cost of the course
Bed and breakfast accommodation in Aldeburgh

What does it not include?
Travel to and from Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings
Meals during the course

For further information please contact Fiona Harvey, Education & Youth Ensembles Consultant:


What is Find Your Way?
Designed to utilise the existing resources, artistic skills and expertise of the ABO and its members, Find Your Way offers emerging leaders the opportunity to discover their long-term potential. The 9-month programme, starting in October 2018, offers professional development based around a tailored Individual Development Plan co-developed with an experienced coach.

Richard Wigley, Wigley Arts Management Ltd, and Managing Director of the Ulster Orchestra, leads the Find Your Way programme with Andy Beaumont, leadership trainer. Fiona Harvey, ABO Education & Youth Ensembles Consultant, is the programme’s Project Manager.

“Find Your Way has given me a network of support where we can turn to each other and seek advice. The course has given more strategic awareness and a confidence in looking at the bigger picture. I am pushing more for certain things to happen within my organisation and feel I can ‘hold my own’ and justify my ambition for the orchestra.” Find Your Way programme participant

What is included in the programme?
At the heart of Find Your Way is the commitment of ambitious managers (and musicians) to drive their own knowledge, skills and profile, in combination with mentoring from orchestra CEOs. In return it is expected of the participants that they will contribute energy to their mentor's orchestra through assisting on agreed projects, research, ideas etc, to bring valuable new thinking to their own organisations and the ABO Annual Conference (in a Fresh Thinking session). Alumni from the pilot and first year programmes are actively involved in the programme. Equally the ABO expects that the alumni will contribute ideas for improving future Find Your Way programmes.

Features of Find Your Way are:

  • Three group meetings, Mondays 8 October, 12 November and 10 December 2018
  • Individual Development Plan co-designed by each participant with Richard Wigley
  • Psychometric testing using Thomas International Personality Profile Assessments and associated coaching by Andy Beaumont
  • CEO-level mentoring (up to 6 one-to-one sessions)
  • Placements at their mentor's orchestra
  • Attendance at the ABO Conference, 23-25 January 2019 in Belfast
  • Co-design and co-lead, with the other Find Your Way participants, a Fresh Thinking session at the ABO Conference
  • Participation in a 3-day residential management training course
  • Final group meeting, 15 July 2019

Guest speakers from the classical music sector are also invited to Find Your Way group meetings, to provide different perspectives and additional learning.

Participation in the programme will provide the following outcomes:

  • Increased confidence, individual motivation, clarity of direction, productivity, and creative enterprise
  • Sector specific training
  • Fresh Thinking to help drive the industry forward
  • New skills (hard and soft) that can be shared in the participants’ home organisations
  • Preparation for increased responsibilities for individuals
  • Mentored employees will better understand the value of collaboration and sharing of information, bringing new thinking to their home organisation


If you have any specific questions about the programme please contact Fiona Harvey, ABO at

Previous participants
The 2015-16 pilot programme year participants were:
Catherine Arlidge, CBSO; Flo Ambrose, Royal College of Music, Tim Davy, London Symphony Orchestra, Patrick McCarthy, Ulster Orchestra and Sue Voysey, The Halle. 
The 2016-17 programme participants were: Anthony Brice, Academy of Ancient Music; Jenny Chadwick, Academy of St Martin in the Fields (now CBSO); Matt Downes, Welsh National Orchestra; Jeongmin Kim, London Philharmonic Orchestra (now Harrison Parrott); James Thomas, Sinfonia Cymru (now Manchester Camerata); and Alex Walden, BBC Concert Orchestra.
In 2017-18 the participants were: Claire Bayliss, City of London Sinfonia now Royal Opera House, Toks Dada, Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Helen Dunne, Royal Opera House, Simon Fairclough, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Nick Jackman, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Annie Lydford, English National Opera (now Creative Industries Federation)

“Time spent with my mentor was also highly inspiring and useful in terms of understanding their style of leadership”

“I feel I was incredibly lucky to be paired with my mentor who has been absolutely fantastic. The perfect person for me to speak to and has provided me with a lot of reassurance and confidence for the future”

“My expectations (of the residential course) were exceeded. The course was well paced, of the right intensity and it was a pleasure to work with everyone who was there.”

“I feel that we covered so many key areas over the weekend and it gave me a great overview of so many topics, far more than I thought we would cover. I also felt that the weekend was shaped to the people who were on the course which was a huge positive.”

“As with the rest of Find Your Way it was wonderful to meet the new participants and find out more about their organisations, roles and backgrounds.


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