Association of British Orchestras


The ABO is the national body representing the collective interest of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector by providing advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.

The key Strategic Objectives of the ABO cover three areas of activity: Connecting, Championing and Developing.

Using the framework of the mission statement, we will deliver on these key objectives through:


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.


Championing 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. We will track and influence the development of legislation and government policies both in the UK and internationally and advocate the value of public and private investment in the orchestral sector.


Developing the skills and knowledge of our members’ staff, including providing and signposting to high quality professional development opportunities and nurturing emerging leaders.

Related information

Download a copy of the ABO's Diversity Statement

Download a copy of the ABO's Strategic Plan for 2019-2022