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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  • ABO Annual Conference

    ABO Annual Conference

    Booking for our 2016 Conference is now open! Our upcoming conference looks at the role of orchestras, concert halls and conservatoires as ‘Place Makers’. Hosted by the CBSO in Birmingham, 20-22 January.

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  • The ABO announces Find Your Way

    The ABO announces Find Your Way

    Prompted by significant challenges, the ABO announces a new pilot programme, Find Your Way, which offers a tailored coaching and mentoring programme for our sector's aspiring leaders.

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  • Resonate


    The ABO is delighted to announce a new project called ‘Resonate’ in conjunction with the Foyle Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation. Comprising a database of new works commissioned by ABO members since 1990, ‘Resonate’ will also offer grants to help with the costs of mounting new performances.

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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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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.