Association of British Orchestras

The ABO represents the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK.

2021 ABO Conference now open for bookings

Our annual conference will take place from Wednesday 10 March – Friday 12 March 2021.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 26 February

Our latest communication to members was sent out on Friday 26 February. If you did not receive this, a copy can be found in the Advice and Factsheets section of the Members Area along with other resources that members may find useful during this time.

Black Lives Matter

The ABO stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and against all forms of discrimination, injustice and inequality. We recognise the lack of diversity in UK orchestras and, working hand in hand with Arts Council England’s Diversity in Classical Music project, acknowledge the enormous amount of work which needs to be done. We believe fundamentally in supporting and promoting positive, meaningful change in our industry, society and the wider world. We pledge to be more attentive, to do better and to foster a space where everyone is both seen and heard. In doing so we strive for an orchestral sector that is without fear of prejudice or exclusion and that is fully inclusive, representative and reflective of the communities that we serve.

News and press

ABO, City of London Sinfonia & Orchestras Live launch new report, "Orchestras in Healthcare"

Orchestras in Healthcare, a brand new report published today offers the first comprehensive picture of the creative and financial contribution made by professional orchestras to the health, wellbeing and social care sectors across the UK.

Leslie Kwan And Chris Loughran Join ABO Board

Two new members have been appointed to the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Board: Leslie Kwan, Founder and Managing Director, Lionsgate Music and Chris Loughran, Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor, The HALO Trust.

AFTERSHOCK: 2021 ABO Conference

The annual Association of British Orchestras Conference, the UK’s leading classical music forum, will take place online from Wednesday 10 March – Friday 12 March 2021. With Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, as Principal Media Partner, Classical Music as Online Media Partner, Help Musicians as Charity Partner and the British Council as International Partner, the conference will bring together speakers, panellists and delegates from across the UK and abroad to examine the critical issues facing the classical music sector and to discuss the support and innovation needed to forge an ambitious and sustainable future for the industry. Find out more and book here.

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