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ABO Conference 2019: Cross Border

A springboard for debate about border issues in the UK Classical Music Industry, including Brexit, Digital, Diversity and Audiences.

ABO Scottish Parliament Reception

On 11 December 2018 the Association of British Orchestras will be holding a parliamentary reception in the Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh to celebrate the work of its Scottish members and to celebrate the work and achievements of Classical music in Scotland.

New Additions to the ABO Board

Jenny Jamison of Scottish Ensemble and Peter Bellingham of Sinfonia Cymru have both recently been appointed to the ABO Board at the AGM on Tuesday 28th November 2018.

Linda Merrick joins the ABO Board

Professor Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, is the first music conservatoire Principal to be appointed to the Board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) – the trade body which represents all UK professional and youth orchestras – at a critical time for the sector.

Sirens June 2018 Awards

The ABO has announced the second year of its Sirens programme, awards made to raise awareness of historic women composers in orchestral programming. The successful applicants for funding in the 2019/20 season have devised distinctive projects with significant and/or repeat performances, and a public engagement element.

RPS/ABO Salomon Prize 2018

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra violinist David Rimbault has been awarded the 2018 RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.

Celebrating 70 Years of British Orchestras

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the ABO has created a special website with a timeline of achievements by the ABO and its members over the past 70 years, as well as information on British orchestras today.

ABO 70th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception

On 13 March 2018 the Association of British Orchestras celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a parliamentary reception attended by Minister for Culture Michael Ellis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Tom Watson MP, and the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP.

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Annual Conference

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

hosted by The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic