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LSO St Luke’s to host Association of British Orchestras annual conference

After a break of nearly 25 years, on Wednesday 29 January 2014 the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) returns to the capital for its annual conference, to be hosted by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in association with the Barbican.

Opening at LSO St Luke’s with a panel session examining whether classical music can contribute to a city’s economic and social success, the busy three day agenda is packed with crucial debate, networking and analysis of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world. The event will be broadcast by Principal Media Partner Classic FM.

As arts organisations contend with financial crises and industrial disputes, and as our politicians obsess about how we need to get better at asking and acquire better ‘enterprise’ skills, the conference this year looks at New Directions, particularly in funding, audiences and music education. Other topics under the microscope will be learning from other art-forms, the film industry and new approaches to musicians’ wellbeing.

The prestigious conference dinner will take place in the lofty splendour of LSO St Luke’s Jerwood Hall, which has become increasingly popular for a wide variety of corporate and private events. This exclusive occasion will recognise top performers in orchestral administration alongside the recipient of the unique ABO Award, supported by Rhinegold Publishing and voted for by members.

On the second evening, the full force of the LSO will be unleashed at a concert in the Barbican Hall, with music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Brahms and Walton, under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.

Keith Motson, ABO Membership & Communications Manager says: “Holding our event in London will give more delegates the opportunity to join in productive conversations the ABO Conference always provides. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new for three unmissable days of high-level debate and learning.”

Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director, reflects: “This is an excellent example of creative organisations working together, with ABO members from across the UK benefitting from the unique partnership between the London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican. The ABO conference is integral to an orchestra manager’s diary and we are honoured to host the opening session and dinner at our magnificent venue on Old Street.”

LSO St Luke’s is home to the London Symphony Orchestra’s ground-breaking music education and community programme, LSO Discovery. Its central space, the Jerwood Hall, can accommodate up to 250 people seated to meet or dine, whilst retaining the flexibility to welcome as many as 450 for a standing reception.

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