Despite a 5% decline to their income, Britain’s top orchestras have reached nearly 900,000 young people through performances and education sessions, according to the report “The State of Britain’s Orchestras in 2016” published yesterday by the ABO as part of their 2017 Conference.

The director of the Association of British Orchestras, Mark Pemberton said

 “Orchestras have innovated to achieve bigger audiences and engage more young people and they should be proud of these successes.”

But British orchestras have been forced to do ‘more with less’, something Pemberton described as part of a ‘double whammy’ for British orchestras: less earned income due to such things as  discounted ticketing and free or fixed concerts, and an reduction in public funding.

Says Pemberton: “The government has this year implemented Orchestra Tax Relief and this will offset some of the cuts in public funding imposed since 2010 – but it is far from enough. We need national and, most crucially, local government to restore funding closer to pre-austerity levels to enable our members to continue delivering great music to the widest possible audience.”

When was the last time you saw an orchestra perform? Was it a concert, an educational session?

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Read the official Press Release and the Report: