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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.

ABO Awards 2018

The ABO Conference dinner on 25 January 2018 saw the presentation of ABO Awards and the ABO/Rhinegold Awards for Orchestra Manager, Concert Hall Manager and Artist Manager of the Year.

New Chair of the Association of British Orchestras

Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Gavin Reid, has been elected as the new Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). He succeeds Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director of the LSO.

ABO Announces 2017/18 cohort for the 'Find Your Way' programme

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the 2017/18 cohort for the 'Find Your Way' programme, with new funding partnerships with Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England.

ABO Announces First Awards From New ‘Sirens’ Fund

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the first recipients from a new fund, ‘Sirens’, with four awards made to UK orchestras for projects to raise the awareness of historic women composers.

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