Association of British Orchestras

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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 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

A Manifesto for Recovery - COVID-19 and the UK’s Orchestras - Updated 1 October

The ABO has produced a set of key messages on the impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s orchestras, our asks of national governments, and how we will generate a return on their investment.

BREXIT - FTA OR NO DEAL? UPDATED FACTSHEET - 14 JULY 2020

Following publication by the UK Government of its new immigration and border controls from 1 January 2021, the ABO has updated its factsheet, outlining what these changes will mean for ABO members.

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Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Leeds, hosted by Opera North, from 1-3 February 2023.