Association of British Orchestras heads to Bournemouth

The Association of British Orchestras' (ABO) annual conference will be hosted by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) this week.

Bournemouth: hosting ABO conference this week
Bournemouth: hosting ABO conference this week

Taking place at Bournemouth International Centre over three days, from 25-27 January, the UK's leading classical music forum will gather delegates from across the orchestral sector to debate sessions themed around diversity, digital and Brexit. 

Over 350 delegates drawn from orchestras both within the UK and abroad, plus funding agencies, venues, agents, publishers and suppliers will explore what disruption, best known in the field of new technology, means for the orchestral sector. Delegates will explore key questions such as, what potential disruptors will influence the diversity of orchestras and audiences, how can new technology revolutionise the orchestral experience and whether there are new business models to explore.

Dougie Scarfe, chief executive of the BSO said: "The disruption theme for this conference is a key driver of change in our sector. While some elements of what we do as an orchestra are timeless, and unchanging, the business model which underpins it has undergone radical transformation."

Pat Coyne, BH Live director of venues added: "We’re delighted the BSO has chosen this venue for the first ABO conference in Bournemouth. The orchestra is a favourite with audiences at the nearby Bournemouth Pavilion where they perform regularly throughout the year. We can promise conference delegates a warm welcome and plenty of opportunity to sample Bournemouth’s unique brand of hospitality and cultural attractions."    

As part of the programme of events, delegates will attend a pre-concert dinner held at Lighthouse, Poole, before enjoying a concert performance of the BSO with Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov, conducted by chief conductor Kirill Karabits. Classic FM presenter Anne-Marie Minhall will also be in conversation with Kirill to discuss how the BSO is working to broaden its reach, relevance and repertoire.


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