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Judith Webster Confirmed as New ABO Chief Executive

Judith Webster has been appointed Chief Executive of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). Judith will join the ABO on 14 November 2022, following the departure of Mark Pemberton, who left the ABO on 30 September after 15 years in post.

Nominations open for 2023 ABO/Classical Music Awards

Nominations for the annual ABO/Classical Music industry awards are now open until 5pm on Friday 2 December 2022, inviting managers in the orchestral sector to celebrate the achievements of colleagues across orchestras, concert halls and artist management.

ABO & British Council's 2022/23 International Mentoring Programme participants announced

Following the success of the 2021-22 International Mentoring Programme, the ABO and British Council are pleased to announced the mentors and mentees for the 2022-23 Programme.

The ABO expresses its condolences on the death of Her Majesty The Queen

The ABO has issued guidance following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

ABO calls on Liz Truss’s new Government to invest in and support UK orchestras

The ABO welcomes Liz Truss to her new role as the UK’s Prime Minister and sets out the hopes and expectations of the UK’s orchestral sector from the new administration.

PRS Foundation’s Resonate re-opens for applications

PRS Foundation announces today the re-opening of its Resonate initiative, which encourages professional orchestras to programme into their repertoire the best pieces of UK orchestral music from the past 25 years. Resonate is a partnership between PRS Foundation, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and broadcast partner BBC Radio 3.

Mark Pemberton OBE to Step Down as Chief Executive of ABO

Today (31 May 2022), Mark Pemberton OBE, Chief Executive of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) has announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the end of September 2022.

Invasion of Ukraine - ABO statement

The Association of British Orchestras has today (Thursday 3rd March 2022) published a set of principles to support its members in their response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

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Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.