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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.

Free Trade Agreement – Key Issues

The ABO has published a briefing outlining the key issues affecting the UK’s orchestral sector following publication of the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement.

ABO recruits for new Board Members

Are you passionate about orchestral music? Keen to use your professional skills to make a difference? Could you help orchestras to reach a wider and more diverse audience? Would you like to work with others to evolve an art form and the way it connects with society? The Association of British Orchestras (ABO), the representative body for the UK’s orchestral sector, is recruiting new Co-opted Board members. It is actively looking to welcome a diverse range of talents, fresh thinking and lived experience that is representative of the UK communities orchestras connect with to join its dynamic Board. Co-opted board members are appointed by the Board to bring skills and expertise from outside the ABO’s core membership.

ABO announces Simon Webb as new Chair

Director of the BBC Philharmonic, Simon Webb, has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). He succeeds Gavin Reid, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Nominations open for 2021 ABO/Classical Music Awards

Nominations for the annual ABO/Classical Music industry awards are now open until Friday 22 January 2021, inviting managers in the orchestral sector to celebrate the achievements of colleagues across orchestras, concert halls and artist management during what has been a challenging year for the UK’s orchestras and their musicians. For further information on how to submit nominations, click here.

ABO opens applications for Sirens Fund grants

Applications have opened for the ABO’s latest round of grants from its Sirens Fund which offers UK orchestras with financial support for projects to raise the awareness and appreciation of music written by historic women composers from around the world.

ABO and MU highlight lack of financial support for freelance musicians

The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Musicians’ Union (MU) have joined forces to express their deep concern about the lack of support for self-employed musicians during the Covid-19 outbreak.

RPS/ABO Salomon Prize 2020

Jane Mitchell wins the RPS ABO Salomon Prize

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Annual Conference

The ABO conference will be held online from 10-12 March 2021.