The Affiliation of British Orchestras Pronounces New CEO

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Judith Webster will assume the position as of November 14, 2022


Judith Webster succeeds Mark Pemberton within the position of CEO with the Affiliation of British Orchestras (ABO). Pemberton left the ABO on September 30, 2022, after a 15-year tenure.

For ten years, Judith Webster was the CEO of Music for Youth (MFY), a nationwide music training charity that presents the annual MFY Proms on the Royal Albert Corridor. She was working as a contract Music Training Skilled in January 2022 earlier than accepting the CEO position at ABO.

Webster’s expertise additionally consists of creating engagement applications for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, in addition to designing and directing a “Artistic Management” post-graduate diploma for the Royal School of Music.

“The chance to guide the ABO presently is an ideal match for me, combining because it does my ardour for orchestras and my deep rooted dedication to embracing change and supporting innovation in all facets of their work,” Webster stated.

“I’m indebted to Mark Pemberton and ABO colleagues for his or her tireless work in supporting the sector all through the pandemic and look ahead to working with ABO members and introducing new voices to the talk round how greatest to allow orchestras to thrive and construct on the innovation of current years,” she continued.

“Judith is a longtime and extremely regarded colleague within the orchestral and music training sectors,” added ABO Chair, Simon Webb. “[She] has a deep understanding of orchestras and the total vary of their work and I look ahead to working together with her because the ABO builds on Mark Pemberton’s glorious work and, underneath Judith’s management, works with our members to create a safe and flourishing future for British orchestras.”

Offering recommendation, assist, and knowledge to musicians of British orchestras, the ABO is a nationwide collective representing the pursuits of the classical music business all through the UK. Its current initiatives embrace collaborations with PRS Basis and BBC Radio 3, and the “Discover Your Means” program that gives coaching to future sector leaders.


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