Monday 25 January 2021

Aftershock: Association of British Orchestra's 2021 conference

Aftershock: Association of British Orchestra's 2021 conference

The Association of British Orchestera's 2021 conference, which takes place on-line from 10 to 12 March 2021, has the title Aftershock. The conference will be analysing the 'seismic issues that have sent shockwaves through the sector' – from the devastating impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the threatening repercussions of Brexit, to the urgency of the climate change crisis and the reignited call to confront classical music’s inequities and create meaningful change in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

It will also offer an opportunity to champion the invention and flexibility shown by orchestras and musicians in continuing to connect with audiences, and to discuss the new approaches they can take forward to adapt to the new post-COVID landscape and build recovery. 

For the first time, the opening day of the conference will be free to attend for musicians, hosted in partnership with Help Musicians.

The keynote speech will be given by Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Digital & Culture (so a chance for everyone to question the government's attitude to the arts and to freelance workers in particular), and other speakers will include Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England,  Alan Davey, controller of BBC Radio 3, Simon Woods, president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras, Sarah Derbyshire MBE, chief executive of Orchestras Live and  Vanessa Reed, president & CEO of New Music USA.

The conference is open to members and non-members, full details from the ABO website.

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