Association of British Orchestras was founded in 1947
and exists to support and develop the collective interests
of the UK orchestral profession, working to create a
national and international environment in which it can
flourish, artistically and financially.
The ABO seeks to serve orchestras as a whole and all
who work in them - management, administration and players
alike - and counts among its members all the major UK
symphony orchestras (BBC and independent; London and
regional), chamber orchestras, small and specialist
orchestras and ensembles, youth orchestras and conservatoires.
The ABO has in affiliate membership a number of organisations
who share the aims of the Association, such as composers'
organisations, artists' agents, venues and concert promoters.