Association of British Orchestras

Annual Conference

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 - Friday, 31 January 2020

Thank you for your interest in attending the ABO Conference. We encourage you to read this information before making your booking.

If you are an ABO member, you will need to log in to the Members Area of the website to obtain the member rates. If you are unsure if you have a log in to the website then please contact the ABO office, or 0207 557 6770.

If you are a Musician or Student wishing to attend, please email the ABO office outlining when you would like to attend the conference and we will give you further details on how to book to obtain the appropriate rate. If you would like to apply for the Under 30 discount, please complete the form here and submit it to the ABO and we will then be in touch to give you more details on how to book.

If you are booking a full conference place, please note that this includes a place at the Conference Dinner on Wednesday 29 January.

If you would like to attend the Conference Concert on Thursday 30 January we encourage you to book your ticket at the same time as you book your conference place. There are a limited number of tickets available to attend this performance and we cannot guarantee availability of tickets after Friday 13 December.

Once you have made your booking, you will have the option to select payment by invoice or card. If you pay by invoice, we will send this to you within 5 working days. If you pay by card, the confirmation receipt created at the end of the booking process should also act as a VAT receipt which you can download for your records but if you do require an additional receipt please contact us.

All bookings made will produce a confirmation receipt at the end of the booking process which you can download to confirm what bookings you have made. However, if you have any queries about your booking please contact us at the email address above.

The early booking deadline for the 2020 Conference is 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019. Bookings for the conference will close on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

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Full Conference Early Rate

Available until Friday 13th December


Day 1 Ticket


Day 2 Ticket


Day 3 Ticket


Conference Dinner


Conference Concert


Terms and Conditions

The full attendance delegate rates include only those items described in the Booking Information sheet. Cancellation: In the event of cancellation up to midday on Friday 13 December 2019 a refund of 75% of the Conference fee will be made. The ABO regrets that no refund* will be made available after this date, however a substitute delegate may attend.

Neither the ABO nor the hotel or Conference venues will accept responsibility beyond that imposed by law for any loss or damage to personal property or any personal injury that might be suffered by anyone attending or connected with the Conference. The ABO reserves the right to make alterations to the programme and speakers without notice.

Full conference places can be shared between two members of staff across the three days of the conference and an administration charge of £75 + VAT will be applied to your booking. Please also note that bookings, in order to accommodate special requirements, will close at 5pm on Wednesday 15 January 2020. After this time any further bookings will be subject to an additional administration charge of £75 + VAT.

* Refunds may occasionally be offered at the discretion of the management in exceptional circumstances

Annual Conference

The next conference will be held in Manchester from 29-31 January 2020,

hosted by The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic