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.

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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.

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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.

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  • BBC Get Creative

    BBC Get Creative

    Get Creative is a major celebration of the nation’s arts, culture and creativity led by the BBC and What Next?

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    A survey of youth ensembles in Scotland carried out during 2014 has identified an active sector of young musicians aged between 5 and 25 years old, participating in a range of youth ensembles. Of the 44 people who answered the survey, 36 managed one or more youth ensembles. The survey was made possible by funding from the Youth Music Initiative - Strengthening Yout...

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  • British Orchestras in the Community - #orchestraseverywhere

    British Orchestras in the Community - #orchestraseverywhere

    Every year, orchestras across the country reach out beyond the concert hall delivering innovative and life-changing experiences for many hundreds of thousands of people. Below are just a few of them. Hover over their pictures to hear what an orchestra did for them.

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  • RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

    Winner of The Salomon Prize 2015 Announced RSNO clarinetist John Cushing awarded prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize. John Cushing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has become the fourth recipient – of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life.The players of the RSNO describe John Cushing as:    “a...

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  • Courses and seminars

    The ABO run courses in finance, fundraising and marketing. ABO Members can also access UK Theatre training programmes

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Family Arts FestivalJoin us for your autumn half term holidays and take part in the first ever UK-wide Festival of family friendly arts events. From music to theatre, to circus, art and dance, all events are designed for families to enjoy.