News and Press

  • ABO Awards 2017

    The ABO Conference dinner on 26 January 2017 saw the presentation of ABO Awards and the ABO/Rhinegold Awards for Orchestra Manager, Concert Hall Manager and Artist Manager of the Year. For further details click here  Read more »

  • THE STATE OF BRITAIN’S ORCHESTRAS IN 2016

    The ABO has published its latest statistics on British orchestras. The report shows the phenomenal achievements of the nation’s leading orchestras as they delivered more than 4,000 concerts and reached almost 5 million attendees and 900,000 children and young people amidst a 5% drop in total income. Read more »

  • PRS Foundation announces the Resonate pieces chosen by UK orchestras receiving support

    UK orchestras to champion 11 of the best pieces of British orchestral music from the past 25 years through PRS Foundation’s Resonate programme. Read more »

  • ABO CONFERENCE 2017

    ABO CONFERENCE 2017

    BOURNEMOUTH, 25-27 JANUARY 2017CONFERENCE THEME ‘DISRUPTION’ TO INCLUDE SESSIONS ON DIVERSITY, DIGITAL AND BREXIT Read more »

     
  • ABO Statement on appointment of new ACE Chair

    8 September 2016 Read more »

  • EU Referendum Press Release

    24 June 2016 Read more »

  • RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

    RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

    Graham Hall, long-standing timpanist of Sinfonia Viva, has been awarded the ABO/RPS Salomon Prize, presented at Derby Cathedral on 2 March 2016. Read more »

     
  • ABO Award 2016 - Sally Groves

    ABO Award 2016 - Sally Groves

    The Association of British Orchestras has presented the 2016 ABO Award to Sally Groves MBE at a ceremony at the ABO Conference in Birmingham. The ABO Award is presented annually to the individual or institution considered by the membership to have made the most important contribution to the orche... Read more »

     
  • ABO/Rhinegold Awards 2016

    ABO/Rhinegold Awards 2016

    The fifth annual ABO/Rhinegold Awards again honour the ‘backstage heroes’ of the classical music industry by naming an orchestra manager, concert hall manager, and artist manager of the year. The awards are presented annually at the ABO conference dinner, along with the ABO Award.  The winners wi... Read more »

     
  • The ABO announces Find Your Way

    The ABO announces Find Your Way

    It is well documented that as public investment continues to decline, British orchestras face significant challenges to their long-term financial sustainability. In addition, they must respond to accusations from politicians and the media that the audience for classical music is ageing and declin... Read more »

     
  • Does Culture Matter?

    Monday 29 September, 12.45pm to 2pm (refreshments from 12.30pm), Town Hall Birmingham Read more »

  • 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 ... Read more »

  • ABO PUBLISHES YOUTH ENSEMBLES SURVEY REPORT

    ABO PUBLISHES YOUTH ENSEMBLES SURVEY REPORT

    A survey of youth ensembles carried out during 2013 has identified an active sector of young musicians aged between 5 and 25 years old, participating in a range of youth ensembles in England. Of the 123 people who answered the survey, 75 managed one or more youth ensembles. The survey report, com... Read more »

     
  • ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS HONOURS LEADING MUSICAL PHILANTHROPIST SIR VERNON ELLIS

    PRESS RELEASE Embargoed until 00:01 Thursday 29 January 2014 28 January 2014  ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS HONOURS LEADING MUSICAL PHILANTHROPIST SIR VERNON ELLIS The Association of British Orchestras has presented the 2013 ABO Award to Sir Vernon Ellis at a ceremony at the ABO Conference in... Read more »

  • ABO releases Key Orchestra Data

    ABO releases Key Orchestra Data

    Survey finds audiences for orchestras up despite funding cuts Warning that orchestras’ finances squeezed by cheaper tickets and falling public investment Audiences for Britain’s orchestras are up, despite cuts to public funding, according to a new survey of Britain’s professional orchestras. But ... Read more »

     
  • RPS/ABO Salomon Prize 2013 Awarded to CBSO's Catherine Arlidge

    ‘Unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, violinist Catherine Arlidge, a “true advocate of the modern orchestral musician” awarded prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians. Catherine Arlidge of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra becomes the first viol... Read more »

  • ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Use 25 November 2013  ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERSThe 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 Conc... Read more »

  • The first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival ends but voting still underway to find the UK’s favourite event

    The first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival ends but voting still underway to find the UK’s favourite event

    The first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival closed on Sunday 3rd November 2013, having entertained tens of thousands of families across the UK with its ambitious and diverse first year programme. Over 900 organisations hosted over 1,900 events as part of the festival, across all forms of performi... Read more »

     
  • ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS WELCOMES NATIONAL INSURANCE DECISION

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Use 24 October 2013 The Association of British Orchestras today welcomed the Government’s decision to repeal the current National Insurance framework for Entertainers which has been announced by HMRC. This means that from 6 April 2014, freelance musicians and other per... Read more »

  • Welcome to the new ABO Website!

    Welcome to the new ABO Website!

    Welcome to the new ABO website. As you can see we have moved things about, given things a lick of paint, inexplicably thrown some cushions around and lit a few candles and we hope you like the new "us". Like any new space we are still getting used to it and there are still a few little final touc... Read more »

     
  • Press Release 17 June 2013 | ABO Awarded Youth Music Funding

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Use 17 June 2013  ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS AWARDED YOUTH MUSIC FUNDING FOR ‘PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS’ PROJECT AND LAUNCHES SURVEY OF YOUTH ENSEMBLES A project that aims to strengthen the UK’s youth ensembles through the collection of information, regional mee... Read more »

  • Press Release 31 April 2013 - All Party Group welcomes progress on National Insurance

    PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Use31 April 2013ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP WELCOMES PROGRESS AFTER MEETING EXCHEQUER SECRETARY ABOUT NATIONAL INSURANCE. Read more »

  • Press Release 20 February 2013 - APPG seeks meeting with Exchequer Secretary to discuss National Insurance

    PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Use20 February 2013 ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP SEEKS MEETING WITH EXCHEQUER SECRETARY TO RESOLVE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRISISThe All Party Parliamentary Classical Music Group is seeking a meeting with David Gauke MP, the Exchequer Secretary over the grav... Read more »

  • Press Release - 24 January 2013 - RPS wins ABO Award

    Royal Philharmonic Society wins prestigious ABO Award Award presented on the eve of the Society’s 200th birthday The Royal Philharmonic Society turns 200 today (Thursday 24 January) and celebrated this auspicious moment by scooping the top prize at the ABO Awards in Leeds last night (23 Jan). Read more »

  • ABO PUBLISHES YOUTH ENSEMBLES SCOTLAND SURVEY REPORT

    ABO PUBLISHES YOUTH ENSEMBLES SCOTLAND SURVEY REPORT

    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 po... Read more »

     
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