SCO Chief Executive Gavin Reid appointed as ABO Chair

SCO Chief Executive Gavin Reid appointed as the new Chair for the Association of British Orchestras

Gavin Reid

We are pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Gavin Reid has been elected as the new Chair for the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). Gavin succeeds Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, who previously worked for the SCO as a development manager in the 1980s.

Gavin’s appointment was confirmed by ABO Director Mark Pemberton at the ABO’s AGM.” It was clear to the Board that Gavin Reid can provide the experienced leadership needed to guide the ABO through the next few years, including challenges such as Brexit, public funding and diversity within orchestras. Gavin is a strong collaborator, whose great experience in bringing leaders, managers, musicians, audiences and funders together will be invaluable. He is already a very familiar and respected figure within the ABO, having previously been a board member for six years. We are delighted to welcome him as our new Chair.”

 On his appointment, Gavin Reid said:

“It is a huge honour and privilege to be elected Chair of the ABO. I would like to thank Kathryn McDowell for her outstanding leadership of the ABO Board over the past three years as well as her tremendous commitment to the UK’s vibrant orchestral life. Since its foundation 70 years ago, the ABO has played a vitally important role, tirelessly advocating, championing and supporting the work of the UK’s remarkable orchestras.

Our sector faces some tough challenges over the next few years. There is the potential impact that Brexit could have on our collective ability to engage with artists, promoters, venues, and funders in Europe. Pressures on public funding show no signs of easing and we cannot and must not lose sight of the need to address issues of diversity and inclusion. That said, our orchestras have never been in greater artistic health, never more innovative, never more resilient and never more needed. I look forward enormously to working with my colleagues across the UK in addressing both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead.

The ABO is the national body representing the collective interest of professional orchestra, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK.  Their mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector, and exists to provide advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.