Association of British Orchestras

ABO Conference Assistant (25 November 2019 – 31 January 2020)

Association of British Orchestras National Minimum Wage subject to assistant's age Closing date 13 November 2019
25 NOVEMBER 2019 – 31 JANUARY 2020
The ABO's primary event each year is its annual conference, the major gathering of the classical music industry in the UK, with over 300 delegates drawn from orchestras both from within the UK and abroad, plus funding agencies, venues, agents, publishers and suppliers. Our Principal Media Partner is Classic FM, Classical Music magazine is our Print Media Partner and Help Musicians UK are our Charity Partner. The 2020 Conference will be held in Manchester from 29-31 January 2020, hosted by The Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic. We are now looking for a conference assistant to join the ABO team for 8 weeks in the run-up to and for the duration of the conference.


- Processing booking forms in collaboration with the Office & Events Administrator
- Answering telephone calls and email enquiries as required
- Producing name badges and other printed materials for delegate packs
- General office administration – filing, photocopying, organising outgoing post
- Attending the Conference, registering delegates, and greeting speakers
- Assisting the Office & Events Administrator in liaising with sponsors and exhibitors and welcoming trade exhibitors to the conference
- Supervising conference sessions to ensure they run smoothly and being on hand to assist with any queries
- Assisting the ABO team with any additional duties as required

- Hands-on experience of working in a dynamic arts organisation and exposure to the UK’s orchestral sector and wider classical music industry
- Opportunity to develop key skills including event administration and management and database management
- Opportunity to make contacts within the industry

Person Specification
We are looking for a responsible and enthusiastic candidate with good organisational skills and a keen interest in classical music and the orchestral sector. You will be a good communicator with a pro-active approach, excellent attention to detail and a quick learner able to work independently as well as part of the team. You should be IT literate with Microsoft Office skills.

To apply
For a full application pack, please email Please send or e-mail a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability and interest in the position to: Jenny Lomas, Membership & Operations Manager, Association of British Orchestras, 32 Rose Street, London WC2E 9ET or to the email address below.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 13 November. Interviews will be held on Monday 18 November.

Contact details

Annual Conference

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

hosted by The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic