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Association of British Orchestras hold 2011 conference in Derby

  • Date: 25 February 2011
  • Area: Midlands
sinfonia ViVa performing at the 2011 ABO conference

sinfonia ViVa performing at the 2011 ABO conference. Credit: Alan Fletcher

The Association of British Orchestras' primary event each year is its annual conference. This year the event was held at the Derby Assembly Rooms from 16 to 18 February 2011.

As the major gathering of the classical music industry in the UK, the conference attracted over 350 delegates from orchestras both within the UK and abroad, funding agencies, venues, agents, publishers and suppliers. It was hosted by sinfonia ViVa.

A specially commissioned piece of music by Scottish composer Anna Meredith launched the conference. Performed by sinfonia ViVa it was inspired by a journey through the city in the early hours. The concert was recorded by the BBC and is due to be broadcast on Radio 3 in March.

The theme of the conference was Protect and Survive so sessions were very relevant to the challenging times ahead created by the spending review announcements.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, took part in a debate on 'Surviving the new funding landscape'.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, spoke during a session on 'A culture of giving: increasing philanthropy in the UK'.

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