Association of British Orchestras

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Our latest communication to members was sent out on 27 March. If you did not receive this, a copy can be found in the Advice and Factsheets section of the Members Area. All other recent communications on Coronavirus and guidance can also be found there. If you wish to be added to our mailing list please contact Emily.We are aware that members are understandably concerned with the ongoing developments in regard to Coronavirus. We are in regular contact with key stakeholders including DCMS and will keep members informed of developments.Members are encouraged to keep referring to the guidance from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth office as well and may find the other links below useful:Help MusiciansHM Treasury Budget 2020 support for those affected by Covid-19

Coronavirus - advice for ABO members

The Government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 including: how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19; what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting; what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas; and advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from Covid-19.


The ABO has published its latest factsheet on Brexit, which outlines likely scenarios for immigration and touring at the end of the Implementation Period.

ABO Announces 2020 Awards

The ABO has announced the winner of the 2020 ABO Award. Also announced at the ABO Conference in Manchester and Salford were the recipients of the ABO/Classical Music awards.

ABO Annual Conference 29 - 31 January 2020

Conference Theme ‘2020 VISION’ to focus on climate change, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Care over the next decade

The State of the UK's Orchestras in 2019

The UK’s orchestral sector has emerged from a decade of financial uncertainty by harnessing vital public investment to perform more international concerts, reach new corners of the globe and develop a resilience which has seen them boost earnings from ticket sales and tours by 23%, a landmark survey reveals today.

ABO Announces 2019/20 cohort for the 'Find Your Way' programme

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the 2018/19 cohort for the 'Find Your Way' programme, with new funding partnership with Help Musicians.


The ABO has published guidance for its members on how to encourage their local candidates to give assurances that, should they be elected, they will work to support the UK orchestral sector over the next Parliament. It has also written to the leaders of the three main political parties in the UK, outlining the key issues it wants the new Government to deal with after the General Election on 12 December.

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Annual Conference

The next conference will be held in London from 20-22 January 2021,
hosted by London Mozart Players and Fairfield Halls.