AWARDS RECOGNISE INNOVATION, FINANCIAL ACUMEN, INDEPENDENCE, AND DIVERSITY IN CLASSICAL MUSIC AT ANNUAL ABO CONFERENCE
Bournemouth, 27 January 2017 - The sixth annual ABO/Rhinegold Awards took place last night, shining the spotlight on the managers who contribute so much to the success of the UK’s classical music-making behind the scenes. The awards were presented at the annual ABO conference dinner in Bournemouth Pavilion by Anne-Marie Minhall, Classic FM presenter. The winners will be profiled by Rhinegold Publishing’s Classical Music magazine during the course of 2017. The ABO Award, unique among the many prestigious awards and prizes in the music world because its recipient is nominated by the member orchestras themselves, was presented by Kathryn McDowell, ABO chair, to Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE. This year the ABO board decided to create ABO Special Awards for two long-serving orchestra directors who also served with distinction on the ABO Board, Roy McEwan OBE and David Whelton OBE.
The conference, this year hosted by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, saw the launch of the ABO’s survey of the UK’s orchestral sector, The State of Britain’s Orchestras in 2016, highlighting the unsustainable nature of the present funding situation, warning of the ‘double funding whammy’ as orchestras perform more and reach more people, but earn less. BBC Radio 3 broadcast the BSO’s concert with Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits live and delegates from across the country came to discuss the theme of ‘disruption’ with sessions on diversity, digital and Brexit. Classic FM, the ABO’s Principal Media Partner since 2003, also hosted a session.
Artist Manager of the Year
Kathryn Enticott, Director, Enticott Music Management
Concert Hall Manager of the Year
Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Orchestra Manager of the Year
Bob Riley, Chief Executive, Manchester Camerata
Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE
ABO SPECIAL AWARDS
Roy McEwan OBE, former Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
David Whelton OBE, former Managing Director, Philharmonia Orchestra