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The State of British Orchestras

Added to website 07/02/2017. Updated 31/08/2023.

This report provides an update on key statistics for the orchestra sector in 2016.

The Association of British Orchestras surveyed Britain’s professional orchestras about their activities, audiences, income and musicians, between August and October 2016.

The survey was last carried out in 2013, and over the intervening period orchestras have risen to the challenges presented by reduced funding and a subdued economy. The latest survey shows how orchestras have innovated to engage more children and young people, and reach bigger audiences in more places – and they should be proud of these successes.

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Association of British Orchestras

The ABO represents the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK.