Orchestras Live will be very much in evidence at this year's Association of British Orchestras (ABO) conference in Manchester: presenting, convening and contributing to a variety of sessions. You'll find us at the following dates and times:
Wednesday 29 January 2020, 6.30pm - Able Orchestra performance, BBC Philharmonic Studio
The Able Orchestra is an inclusive music ensemble comprising young disabled musicians, digital artists and professional orchestral musicians using assistive music technology and acoustic instruments, with the ethos that all members can create and perform on equal terms. Formed in 2015 and co-produced by Orchestras Live and Inspire Youth Arts, Able Orchestra has become a beacon of inclusive musical collaboration and a new kind of orchestra, having performed on a number of stages including the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Ten Pieces Proms.
Making its Manchester debut during the ABO Conference, the core artists of Able Orchestra will be joined by musicians the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic together with young people, including disabled musicians, from Nottinghamshire and Manchester. The performance will include feature the first performance of a specially commissioned piece by composer Oliver Vibrans.
Thursday 30 January 2020, 10am - 2020 Vision: The Inclusive Orchestra, The Foyle Room / Hallé Kitchen
How will inclusive practice shape the next generation of orchestras? This session, chaired by our CEO Sarah Derbyshire, builds directly from Able Orchestra’s performance on the opening evening of the conference, with panellists Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, composer Oliver Vibrans, representatives from Brighter Sounds ‘Both Sides Now’ programme promoting gender equality in the music industry and The Third Orchestra, a culturally and ethnically inclusive ensemble.
Thursday 30 January 2020, 11.45am - 2020 Vision: A Carbon-Free Future, Victoria Wood Hall
In 2010 Julie’s Bicycle published the Green Orchestras Guide in collaboration with Orchestras Live the ABO. Ten years on, as climate change is back at the top of the agenda and with funders increasingly requiring our sector to monitor its environmental impact, how do embed sustainability into our practice over the next decade? We hear from Julie’s Bicycle, Rosa Corbishley, Bristol Music Trust, Teemu Kirjonen, Sinfonia Lahti, Orchestras Live's Chair Tony Stoller, and John Warner, Orchestra for the Earth about strategies for becoming carbon-free by 2030.